The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is investigating several Sacramento peace officers for their possible involvement in the purchase or sale of firearms that are illegal for the general public to own. Search warrants were served starting yesterday, but the ATF says no arrests or indictments have been made.
The Sacramento Police and Sheriff's Departments are actively involved in the investigation. The sheriff's department has confirmed that some of its deputies are being investigated, and that they are on administrative leave.
Roseville PD has also confirmed one of its officers is on administrative leave.
The California Highway Patrol says one of its officers may be a witness in the case, but is not a target of the investigation.
The ATF is very tight-lipped about the investigation, declining to say what tipped them off, how many officers are under scrutiny, or what exactly the officers are alleged to have done.
A spokeswoman did say this is a sizeable investigation and she expects it to continue for quite a while.