SAN DIEGO: Dozen arrested in drug ring bust
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A dozen alleged members of a ring that shipped
methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico into San Diego County have been
arrested over the past two days, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday.
They're among 19 charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs in a federal
complaint unsealed on Wednesday, prosecutors said. The other seven suspects
investigated as part of the one-year-long Operation Crystal Haven remain at
Prosecutors say the ring imported narcotics from cartels in Tijuana and
Guadalajara and distributed the drugs in northern San Diego County. Most of
those named in the complaint are from the North County.
“We are relentlessly pursuing major trafficking organizations that
operate in our neighborhoods and imperil our children,” said U.S. Attorney
Laura Duffy. “It's gratifying to wrap up a lengthy investigation like this one
with many arrests and drug seizures, knowing the community is safer because of
Arrested were Vista residents Jose Isidro Rodriguez-Lara, 42, Alma
Jaime, 38, Manuel Marcial, 31, Felipe Garcia-Gallegos, 27, Guadalupe Natalie
Perez, 22, Nancy Blancas-Pena, 26, and Sylvia Sanchez-Zarate, 47; San Marcos
residents David Aguilar, 37, Jose Luis Lopez, 67, and Leonardo Garcia-Gaytan,
26; Alicia Reyna Marin, 49, of Oceanside; and Miguel Gutierrez-Marantes, 26, of
Panorama City in Los Angeles County.
They face a maximum of life in prison if convicted.
William Sherman, acting special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration's San Diego office, alleged the suspects made huge
profits by distributing multi-pound quantities of narcotics.
The investigation was conducted by the Major Mexican Traffickers Strike
Force, which is made up of the DEA, FBI, Internal Revenue Service and
Immigration and Customs Enforcement.