Salinas Police Make Major Drug Trafficking Arrests
SALINAS – Law enforcement officials from the Salinas Police Department and other agencies said on Thursday they had seized drugs, guns and money in connection with NorCal Transportation, a company at the center an investigation into illegal drug sales which resulted in the arrest of eight suspects.
More than 170 law enforcement personnel were involved in the execution of several search warrants and the arrest of suspects identified in the investigation, leading to charges of conspiracy to transport and distribute narcotics, gun possession, gang building and conspiracy to commit murder.
The investigation revealed approximately 60 pounds of methamphetamine, five pounds of heroin, one and a half pounds of cocaine and 25,000 fentanyl pills as well as nine firearms, two bank accounts, a NorCal Transportation tractor-trailer and approximately 90,000. $ cash and cashier’s checks. Police said all of the seized items were the proceeds of illegal drug sales.
The Salinas Police Department Investigations Unit, Monterey County Attorney’s Office, Salinas Suppression of Violence Task Force, and Monterey Homeland Security Investigations Office, conducted the investigation. underway on NorCal Transportation, suspected of operating a drug trafficking organization with the specific intent of transporting and distributing narcotics between Yuma, Arizona and Salinas.
The investigation revealed that NorCal Transportation was directly linked to the Sinaloa cartel and transported narcotics in conjunction with the NorteÃ±o gang leaders.
On September 9, law enforcement executed five search warrants and arrested four people, while Homeland Security Investigations in Arizona helped execute four search warrants, leading to the arrest of four people.
The suspects arrested in California were held in the Monterey County Jail and those arrested in Arizona were held in the Yuma County Jail.
Salinas Police and Monterey Homeland Security were assisted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, FBI, California State Parole, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Arizona Department of Public Safety, US Customs and Border Protection, San Benito County Sheriff’s Office, San Benito County Probation Department, Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Yuma County Narcotics Task Force and Department of Yuma police.