Friday, March 1, 2024

8 arrested in cocaine supply operation out of L.A., Ventura counties

Ventura County sheriff’s narcotics investigators busted a “large-scale transnational drug trafficking group” this week that was working a cocaine supply service in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, authorities mentioned.

Detectives made eight arrests and seized greater than 5 kilos of cocaine, 5 firearms and “a big quantity of suspected drug proceeds,” sheriff’s officers introduced in a information launch Friday. The bust adopted a five-month investigation into the drug trafficking operation.

The supply service used drivers to produce cocaine to a whole bunch of individuals in Ventura and Los Angeles counties every day, authorities mentioned.

The investigation launched earlier this summer time revealed that 40-year-old Joel Cruz Ayala and 28-year-old Elmer Ayala-Ayala, each of Bakersfield, “had been working for the group as full-time dispatchers,” in response to the information launch.

The pair, detectives mentioned, had been tasked with taking incoming orders and dispatching drivers to clients.

Luis Cruz, 33, was recognized because the dispatch home supervisor, “who was in direct communication with high-ranking members of the group in El Salvador,” in response to the sheriff’s information launch.

The group additionally employed a number of supply drivers, together with Wilfredo Castillo, 24, Lisandro Moreno, 22, Kevin Bonilla, 20, Jose Ayala Hernandez, 40, and Noel Cruz, 31.

All 5 had been arrested at their residences in Panorama Metropolis and North Hills “in possession of a considerable amount of pre-packaged cocaine able to be delivered, in addition to massive sums of suspected drug proceeds.”

Cruz Ayala, Ayala-Ayala and Cruz had been situated and arrested at their residences and the dispatch home in Bakersfield.

“A big quantity of proof was situated, exposing their large-scale transnational drug trafficking group, together with cash transfers to larger rating members of the group in El Salvador,” the discharge states.

Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit imagine the arrests will drastically disrupt the bigger group. “Nevertheless, detectives proceed to analyze quite a few different leads which is able to help them of their pursuit of dismantling it utterly,” in response to the discharge.

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