Police arrested Javier Rodriguez, 28; Sindi Martinez, 25; Jose Martinez, 50; and Jose Espino, 24, all thought to be Mexican nationals, who had been living on an asparagus farm at 15888 S. Tracy Blvd.
Using a California Fish and Game boat, Tracy S.W.A.T. officers entered the farm from the San Joaquin River at 4 a.m., while Brentwood S.W.A.T. approached at the same time in a Ceres police armored vehicle to catch the suspects off guard.
The arrest involved several police agencies and more than 35 officers, including a California Highway Patrol airplane that circled the farm.
Police said they found the three men asleep in the main house, while Sindi Martinez was found sleeping inside an adjacent smaller house.
“We caught them by surprise,” Tracy police Sgt. Terry Miller said. “This is a significant bust, and they were a significant dealer.”
Miller said the investigation showed that the four people arrested were involved in supplying crystal methamphetamine in Tracy.
Police spokesman Sgt. Tony Sheneman said that while meth continues to be a problem in Tracy and throughout the United States — according to the Department of Justice, 70 percent of all methamphetamine in the country originates in California — he couldn’t recall such a large bust in the Tracy area.
During a search of the property, police recovered bags containing 1½ pounds of crystal meth, with a street value of about $18,000, as well as marijuana from inside a storage unit behind the main house.
Police also found two assault weapons inside one building and four rifles, two with scopes, in two other buildings on the farm, as well as a few handguns.
“The investigation lasted several months by the Tracy Gangs and Narcotics Enforcement Team (GNET),” Miller said. “We got information on them that they were supplying drugs to Tracy.”
Although Sheneman said law enforcement didn’t find any money, he said it’s possible, considering the amount of drugs recovered, that the suspects might have just obtained the meth and been waiting for a buyer.
Also found sleeping in the main house were the wife and 17-year-old son of Jose Martinez. Neither was arrested.
All four people charged with possession of the drugs were booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.