Eleven arrested in area drug sting
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Jan 29, 2014 | 8956 views | 3 3 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Federal and state investigators question detainees Wednesday morning Jan. 29 around 8 a.m. after they raided a two ranch houses on the 1700 block of Almond Avenue in rural Patterson.--Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
Federal and state investigators question detainees Wednesday morning Jan. 29 around 8 a.m. after they raided a two ranch houses on the 1700 block of Almond Avenue in rural Patterson.--Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
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Eleven suspects are in custody on drug charges and at least 20 others have been detained on immigration and administrative violations in a large scale drug sting targeting a sophisticated drug cartel operating in the Central Valley, including rural Patterson, according to a release from the California Department of Justice, Wednesday, Jan. 29.

State and federal drug agents from the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the California Department of Justice, California Department of Corrections, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security investigators as well as sheriff deputies from several counties bore down on the Stanislaus and Merced County areas Wednesday in what is being described as a year-long major operation to bring down marijuana and methamphetamine drug traffickers in the Central Valley.

The agents were spotted at several locations throughout Stanislaus County including the rural area of Patterson Wednesday morning. Investigators conducted searches at more than two dozen locations throughout the Central Valley, including two ranches in the rural area southeast of Patterson that authorities suspect were tied to the drug trafficking scheme. During the searches, authorities encountered five indoor marijuana grow operations, including one with more than 2,100 plants. In addition, the investigators seized a shotgun, two handguns, nearly 60 pounds of processed marijuana and more than $20,000 in cash.

As of Wednesday afternoon, investigators were still processing several of the search locations, where they say additional seizures and arrests are possible.

Of the 11 individuals detained by mid-day Wednesday on suspicion of criminal violations, six are facing federal charges. Five remaining criminal suspects will likely be prosecuted for state offenses. In addition to the criminal arrests, investigators detained another 20 individuals who face administrative immigration violations.

Investigators believe the drug trafficking organization was cultivating marijuana and distributing methamphetamine. Evidence uncovered during the investigation indicates the ring used sophisticated methods to conceal and smuggle the contraband, including commercial trucks with hollowed out drive shafts and vehicles equipped with hidden compartments.

City Government and Public Safety Reporter Nick Rappley can be reached at 568-9975 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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pebblesc1
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February 02, 2014
This house is in DEPLORABLE conditions if u drive by it. Who owns this property? What about the two gorgeous blue heelers they left behind and the 35 plus horses what happens to THESE animals.? i dont get it. I am American I have worked almost all of my life, i spent 20 years in the U.S. Army as well. I have wanted all my life to live out in the country and to have my horses on my own land and property. I still don't live my dream. How do these losers do it. How come they are able to live in the country and ABSOLUTELY TRASH and DESTROY this piece of ACREAGE? Why wont the DAMN banks loan me $ to live out there? Hell I still work and have a GREAT career, go freakin figure!

aeh4543
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February 06, 2014
Because these kinds of people come in and make all-cash offers on Day 1, which crowds people like you and me out of the market ... we have to wait for VA, and even then, most homes around here are not VA eligible unless they are in the neighborhoods where everyone is crammed in like sardines.
holyfool
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January 29, 2014
Wish that they would have gone for some of the small fish..... Tired of them stinking up the town.


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