VACAVILLE — Authorities arrested 10 men on a variety of alleged drug and weapons offenses as a result of an investigation into illegal marijuana operations, according to a police press release.
Officers with the Vacaville Police Department’s Narcotics Team and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department conducted an operation Thursday and Friday in which three search warrants were served in the cities of Vacaville, Fairfield and in Shasta County.
This investigation was started by detectives who developed information about the illegal supply of marijuana coming into Vacaville.
Warrants were served at 10:30 a.m. Friday on the 200 block of Santa Cruz Street in Fairfield and 8:30 a.m. on the 1500 block of Alamo Drive in Vacaville.
While serving search warrants at 10 a.m. Thursday on three 40-acre properties in Shasta County, about 247 marijuana plants were seized along with more than 200 pounds of dried marijuana with an estimated street value of nearly $1 million, according to police. Authorities also seized two rifles, one from a grow site and one from a Fairfield residence.
Police arrested Oscar Panduro, 36, and Jose Campos, 20, both of Vacaville; Epigmenio Vargas, 33, Eric Jacobo-Duran, 21, and Salvador Cervantes, 22, all of Fairfield; Ricardo Nieves, 21, of Woodland; Ricardo Alvarado, 33, and Adan Mendosa, 18, both of Mexico; Luis Sandoval, 56, of Richmond; and Samuel Gonzales, 23, of Napa.
All of the suspects were arrested at the grow sites in Shasta County. Most of the 10 suspects were allegedly in possession of marijuana, according to police.
The suspects were arrested on suspicion of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. In addition:
The Vacaville Crime Suppression Team also assisted in the operation. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Vacaville police drug tip line at 449-5243.
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