FORT WORTH -- Five people were arrested and more than 10,000 pirated recordings of movies and music were seized Saturday after an undercover investigation at the Henderson Bazaar, police said Monday.
The raid was an operation of Fort Worth police and agents of the Recording Industry Association of America, said officer Clifton Miller, a Fort Worth police spokesman.
The RIAA agents went undercover to the flea market, 1000 N. Henderson St., after learning that vendors might be selling illegal goods.
Agents bought audio recordings that did not clearly disclose the name of the performer and the name and address of the manufacturer on the cover, box or jacket as required by law, Miller said.
Further inspection found more unauthorized audio and movie recordings. A police report says more than 10,000 audio and movie recordings were seized.
The police report identifies the five who were arrested as Ignacio Juarez-Avitia, 35; Angel Martinez-Munoz, 33; Maria Arrieta, 38; Yesenia Martinez, 33; and Saraid Corbella, 41, all of Fort Worth.
Only Juarez-Avitia remained in the Mansfield Jail on Monday. He is being held for immigration authorities.
All face charges of labeling violations under the Texas Business and Commerce Code. The maximum sentence is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, depending on the number of unauthorized recordings and whether the accused has prior convictions for labeling offenses.
Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655