We already know that the Mexican gangs control the drug trade in Butte County.  Also, Chico is being used as the hub of the drug trade in California.  The gangs are clear—they own California.  This raid that arrested several gangsters, is merely the start.  These types of raids need to happen every day, before the Cartels turn California into another Mexico.

“A 10-month joint investigation by the Butte County Interagency Task Force and Federal Drug Enforcement Administration culminated with about 90 law enforcement officers serving numerous federal search and arrest warrants in the Oroville area.

“This organization has been pumping pounds and pounds of methamphetamine into the county,” BINTF Commander Jeff Smith said Wednesday by telephone.

Most of the drugs were brought into the Oroville area, he said.”

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Joint investigation nets meth ring

By MARY WESTON, Chico Enterprise,   08/22/2013

OROVILLE — Seven people who are suspected of importing large quantities of methamphetamine into Butte County were arrested on federal charges Wednesday morning by federal and local narcotics officers.

Ten pounds of meth was seized Wednesday.

A 10-month joint investigation by the Butte County Interagency Task Force and Federal Drug Enforcement Administration culminated with about 90 law enforcement officers serving numerous federal search and arrest warrants in the Oroville area.

“This organization has been pumping pounds and pounds of methamphetamine into the county,” BINTF Commander Jeff Smith said Wednesday by telephone.

Most of the drugs were brought into the Oroville area, he said.

Arrests included Frederico Sandoval Aguilar and Alejandro Lopez-Corona of Biggs and Manuel Garcia Navarro, who was already in custody. Arrested Oroville residents included Rafael Morfin-Medina, Rickey Lee Xiong, Sou Xiong and Cindy Lee Hunter.

Five more suspects — Guillermo Ventura-Lopez, David Milton Eleazar, Neng Chue Xiong, Pao Thao and Jaime Dominguez — were not located and are considered fugitives, according to a press release from the DEA.

The complaint alleges Aguilar was the head of an organization distributing methamphetamine in Butte County and elsewhere in California.

The organization was identified through confidential sources, surveillance of organization members, drug purchases by undercover officers and court-authorized wiretaps of Aguilar and his associates.

The case began with information gathered by BINTF, which asked the Sacramento DEA office to join the investigation.

In addition to the meth, law enforcement officers seized guns, including one stolen weapon, and more than $70,000 in cash from drug proceeds.

The complaint alleges couriers transported pounds of methamphetamine from Mexico into the county, and under Aguilar’s direction, sold the illegal drugs to local associates for further distribution and sale.

DEA public information officer Karl Nichols said from the San Francisco office by telephone the organization imported literally pounds of methamphetamine from Mexico into this county every day.

The suspects will probably appear in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento today, Nichols said.

At some point, the court will unseal the records, and the court will make the complaint and search warrant affidavit available to he public, he said.

Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug that severely affects health and is a motivating force behind much violence and criminal activities, DEA special agent in charge Bruce C. Balzano said in the press release.

“We will support our law enforcement partners and provide resources to prosecute those who endanger the honest and hard-working citizens of Butte County,” Balzano said.

BINTF is a cooperative effort between the California Department of Justice Bureau of Investigation, Butte County Sheriff’s Department, Butte County District Attorney’s Office, Butte County Probation Department, California Highway Patrol, Chico Police Department, Gridley Police Department, Oroville Police Department, and the Paradise Police Department.

 

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