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North County meth trafficking ring busted

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SAN DIEGO – 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.

jail-cellThey’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 large.

Prosecutors said 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 our efforts.”

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.


  • Shane

    Ah more of those upstanding citizens from Mexico here. And our president wants to give the illegals sanctuary.. We don't need more criminals in America. And for those who are going to say are you calling all Mexicans criminals. No I am not. I am calling all the ILLEGALS Criminals.. And we don't need more Criminals in America.

  • Guest

    Weird thing is, I thought the border was "secured"? I call BS on the whole "lets make criminals legal" amnesty deal anyway. There already is a "Path to Citizenship", it's called following the rules to "Legally" immigrate. How many more meth distributors just like them are operating in the country?

  • Guest

    I feel ashamed to know that my own people are doing these shamefull things… but people im a mexican and im here to make a living and be good resident i have family that dont have papers and they try to do everything right they work, pay their taxes and respect everyone else theres bad people out there not just mexicans so please dont focus on us because not all of us are the same. Not because they are illigal means their worth nothing how about all those real criminal that do bad things to children

  • MissFUup

    Not everyone doing this is Mexican. Stop being racist. My neighbor was arrested along with many of his friends, they are all WHITE!

  • MissFUup

    NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – April 17, 2013_DEFENDANTS_Case Number: 13cr1128-BEN_LAURA CRUZ Already in custody_RAUL ALVARADO Already in custody_ROBERT RODRIGUEZ Already in custody_CARRIE BROWN-RODRIGUEZ Arrested 4/15/13_ANTHONY PALAFOX Arrested 4/17/13_JESSICA HOLGUIN Arrested 4/17/13_ROBERT AGUILAR At Large_CHRISTIAN GARDUNO Already in custody_ERICK GARCIA-MARTINEZ At Large_JOSHUA SANCHEZ Arrested 4/17/13_TRAVIS JOB Arrested 4/17/13_BRIAN RAMIREZ Arrested 4/17/13_ANDY ESPINOZA Arrested 4/17/13_LORI STORY Arrested 4/17/13_ANGEL OLMOS At Large_BRAD WOOLARD Arrested 4/17/13_JOSE ANTONIO Already in custody_EMILY BAKER At Large_MONORIN PHIAKEO Arrested 4/17/13_JESSICA KISNER At Large_HECTOR MEDRANO Arrested 4/17/13_FRANKIE KING Arrested 4/17/13_Summary of Charges_Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846 – Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

  • MissFUup

    Summary of Charges
    Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846 – Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine;
    Title 21, United States Code, Sections 952, 960 (b) (1) (H) and 963 – Conspiracy to Import
    Methamphetamine; Title 21, United States Code, Section 841 (a) (1) – Possession of Methamphetamine
    with Intent to Distribute
    Case Number: 13cr1238BEN
    LYDIA LUCIO Arrested 4/17/13
    DAVID GAMEZ Arrested 4/17/13
    ANA ALVIZOVITAL Already in Custody
    ERROL WHITE Arrested 4/17/13
    RUDOLPH FIGUEROA Arrested 4/17/13
    Summary of Charges
    Title 21, United States Code, Sections 952, 960 (b) (2) (A) – Conspiracy to Import Heroin; Title 21,
    United States Code Sections 952, 960 and 963 – Conspiracy to Import Heroin

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