According to a news release issued Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the arrests were part of a yearlong multi-agency investigation by the California Department of Justice’s Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team under the auspices of the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.
A criminal complaint unsealed earlier this week names two homes in Tracy, 2921 Georgia Court and 523 Hatheway St., and one in Mountain House, 541 Kristen Way, that were to be searched.
The homes in Tracy were reportedly occupied by Jesus Delgado and Josefina Delgado-Felix on Georgia Court and Chuy Lnu, Chuito Lnu and Silbestre Felix on Hatheway Street.
The house searched in Mountain House was reportedly the residence of Francisco Felix.
During searches at more than two dozen locations, authorities found five indoor marijuana grow operations, including one with more than 2,100 plants. In addition, investigators seized a shotgun, two handguns, nearly 60 pounds of processed marijuana and more than $20,000 in cash, according to the release.
The specific locations where evidence was recovered were not disclosed.
The news release states that authorities allege that the drug trafficking organization targeted in the probe was cultivating marijuana and distributing methamphetamine. Evidence uncovered during the investigation indicates that the ring used sophisticated methods to conceal and smuggle the contraband, including commercial trucks with hollowed-out drive shafts and vehicles equipped with hidden compartments.
Of the 11 individuals detained by midday Wednesday on criminal violations, six faced federal charges, officials reported. The five other criminal suspects will likely be prosecuted for state offenses.
In addition to the criminal arrests, investigators detained another 20 individuals found at the search locations on administrative immigration violations.
Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Investigations; the Placer County District Attorney’s Office; the California Department of Corrections, Office of Correctional Safety, Special Services Unit; the sheriff’s offices from Placer, El Dorado and Sacramento counties; the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; and the California National Guard Counter Drug Taskforce all participated in the raids and served arrest warrants.
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