Sonoma County Investigators Arrest 7, Seize 19 Pounds of Meth

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The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration conducted an investigation last week, which resulted in the arrest of seven individuals and the acquisition of about 19 pounds of methamphetamine, said officials.

Authorities served five search warrants on Wednesday in the Santa Rosa area, with another one in San Jose. Officials discovered and recovered a large quantity of illegal drugs, packaging material, and cash worth $12,000.

Massive Drug Raid

Police arrested 23-year-old Aida Sanchez-Lopez and 22-year-old Christian Mondragon-Mendoza for felony possession and transporting of a controlled substance for sale, and felony conspiracy, with a bail of $100,000.

Authorities booked another suspect, 26-year-old Antonio Cruz-Rochin, who was believed to have only stayed a short while in Santa Rosa, for violation of probation, driving with no license, concealing a dirk or dagger, and was cited and released.

Another suspect, 22-year-old Santa Rosa resident Jacqueline Leon-Ortiz, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, felony conspiracy, and felony child cruelty and was cited and released.

Authorities also booked 23-year-old Macey Hester and released him on a citation for felony conspiracy and felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, Mercury News reported.

Two other suspects were charged with felony possession of a controlled substance for sale and felony conspiracy, 29-year-old Karen Chavez and 29-year-old Cesar Rojas-Jimenez, both of whom are from San Jose.

Police and Santa Rosa, Oakland, and San Jose DEA agents assisted Sonoma County investigators to work on the case.

Danielle Joyce Ong

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