(CNN/Meredith) -- Eight people have been arrested in California for price-gouging during the coronavirus pandemic.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says deputies have been monitoring multiple online websites in person-to-person sales where people were selling products like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, masks and gloves at insanely high prices.

8 people arrested in California for reselling toilet paper and hand sanitizer at ridiculous prices

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says deputies have been monitoring multiple online websites in person-to-person sales where people were selling products like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, masks and gloves at insanely high prices.

Through a sting operation, deputies dressed in plain clothes met the sellers, made the transactions, and then arrested them.

It is illegal in California to sell essential goods and services at excessive and unjustified prices during a declared emergency.

Violators can face up to a year in jail and a fine up to $10,000.

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(2) comments

WaDaFak

I work in commercial property management here in Vegas. I caught a few of these "resellers" last night at the shopping center I manage. They were White tweakers that shoplifted the items (toilet paper, baby formula, diapers etc). Metro P. D. did nothing. They were trespassed off the property and none of the stolen items were confiscated. This is after they gave the cops three different stories of how they acquired the goods.

vegasdawn

My bet is these are not Americans, and are on some sort of taxpayer money.

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