15 arrested in SLO County drug ring with ties to Mexican cartels
December 5, 2013
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit arrested 15 members of a suspected drug trafficking ring with ties to Mexican cartels during a bust Wednesday morning.
The bust spanned three counties and concluded a five-month investigation into a heroin and methamphetamine trafficking ring with direct ties to cartels, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.
Special Operations Unit members, in conjunction with officers from several local and federal agencies, served 13 warrants around 6 a.m. Wednesday. The officers made simultaneous arrests in San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Riverside Counties.
The arrests netted 2.25 pounds of heroin and one ounce of methamphetamine with a street value of more than $100,000. The officers also seized black tar heroin and heroin in pill form, as well as guns, money and a stolen ATV and trailer.
The 15 suspects range in age from 22 to 47. They are Adrian De Martino Morales, 24, of San Luis Obispo, Melissa Ann Clare, 35, of San Luis Obispo, Bryan Scott Simpson, 29, of San Luis Obispo, Aldo De Martino Morales, 22, of Atascadero, Jose Jaime Figueroa, 29, of Oceano, Colin Matthew Kennedy, 28, of Pismo Beach, Ismael Quintero, 24, of Pismo Beach, Daniel Quintero Figueroa, 23, of Pismo Beach, Ryan Oray Krebs, 37, of Arroyo Grande, Marco Antonio Villanueva, 47, of King City, Eric Perez, 36, of Perris, Roman Paolo Perez, 26, of Moreno Valley, Armando Romero Gonzalez, 23, of Riverside and Esmeralda Ramos, 25, of Riverside
Charges include transportation and sale of narcotics, conspiracy to transport and sell heroin and methamphetamine and money laundering.