FRESNO, Calif. -
Federal, state, and local agents arrested eight Nuestra Familia gang members and associates on federal drug trafficking charges and served six federal search warrants in a two-day operation as part of a coordinated law enforcement operation targeting the criminal gang, Nuestra Familia. In addition, six defendants were arrested on state warrants.
“This Central Valley Gang Impact Task Force operation exemplifies how multi-jurisdictional, collaborative FBI Safe Streets Task Forces successfully investigate and disrupt violent criminal gang activity in our communities,” said Herbert M. Brown, Special Agent in Charge of the Sacramento FBI. “Takedowns such as the effort in Modesto and Turlock today demonstrate the commitment of the FBI and its task force partners to improving of the quality of life in our communities by removing individuals who traffic dangerous drugs and commit violent crimes from our streets.”
The following defendants were arrested following indictments by a federal grand jury on March 7, 2013, charging them with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and various other drug trafficking offenses:
Gary Romero, aka Pizza, aka Cesar, aka Pepperoni, 47, of Stockton (arrested Saturday);
Joe Anthony Gomez Felix, aka Gator, aka Bullet, 33, of Modesto; (arrested on Tuesday)
Danny Richard Edwin Brown, aka D-boy, 37, of Modesto; (arrested on Tuesday)
Salvador Raymond Deleon Rodriguez, and aka Sal, aka Fat Shark, 37, of Ceres (arrested today);
Maximilano Sanchez, aka Max, 38, of Turlock (arrested today);
Victor Barrajas Arriola, aka Twinky, 32, of Ceres (arrested today), and
Jesse Israel Alarcon, 23, of Modesto (arrested on Tuesday).
Carlos Lopez, 45, Turlock, was arrested in December 2012 on an indictment filed on December 5, 2012 that charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, the defendants are alleged members of the Nuestra Familia prison gang or Norteño gang. Court documents allege that the defendants engaged in a variety of violent crimes in violation of federal and state law including homicide, attempted homicide, home invasion, burglary and methamphetamine trafficking.
The maximum statutory penalty for a violation of the various drug trafficking offenses is 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. Some of the defendants may face life in prison and a $10 million fine.