News Story

 

Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Arrests of Infuential Mexican Mafia Members in Organized Crime Ring
8/26/2014 4:20:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Investigators Arrest Suspects in National & International Criminal Enterprise Ring

 

Location:

Ventura County / United States / South America

Date & Time:

August 26, 2014 @ 1:00 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office

Ventura County District Attorney's Office

Oxnard Police Department

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Drug Enforcement Agency

 

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

(S) Moreno, Michael

(S) Rodriguez, Jose

(S) Mora, Jaime

(S) Ornelas, Alejandro

(S) Mejia, Henri

(S) Reyes, Gerardo

(S) Pina, Fidel

Fresno

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Oxnard

Hollywood

Oxnard

Oxnard

57

34

28

32

27

41

30

 

Narrative:

Law enforcement investigators have interrupted a complex criminal enterprise that was responsible for the distribution of large quantities of narcotics from Mexico into Ventura County and other parts of the United States.  The investigation has culminated with the arrests of several individuals, including influential Mexican Mafia members.  The suspects have been indicted by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office.

 

The year-long joint investigation was led by investigators from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office who formed a task force comprised of various local and federal agencies.  The investigation found that members of the Mexican Mafia were conspiring with Drug Trafficking Organizations (D.T.O.) and the Sinaloa Cartel to import narcotics into the United States, including Ventura County. 

 

The investigation found that the Mexican Mafia members controlled a vast network and used proceeds of the drug sales to fund their criminal enterprise.  The Mexican Mafia used its reputation for violence to extort and control drug trafficking.  The criminal origination also distributed narcotics to local gangs for the purposes of sales.  Some of the proceeds were used to purchase guns for various gang members.     

 

Thus far, detectives have seized $4,375,000 in cash and illicit drugs with a street value of over $5,000,000.  The indictments list charges including extortion, conspiracy, criminal street gang enhancements, sales of controlled substances, and possession for sales of controlled substances.

 

Specifics on evidence seized:

  • 35 firearms
  • 69 pounds of methamphetamine
  • Several liters of liquid methamphetamine
  • 52 pounds of cocaine
  • 3 pounds of tar heroin
  • 28 pounds of 'China White' heroin

 

The media release, suspect photos, drug photos, firearms display photos and link chart are available to view/download at http://goo.gl/9M9DtY.    

 

 

 

Prepared by:

Captain Don Aguilar

 

Media Release Date:

August 26, 2014

 

Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Don Aguilar

'      (805) 797-7349

'      don.aguilar@ventura.org

 

Sergeant Denise Sliva

'      (805) 947-9258

'      denise.sliva@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

Assistant Sheriff Gary Pentis

 






 

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