San Luis Obispo County drug traffickers arrested
May 12, 2011
Four members of a San Luis Obispo County drug trafficking ring were arrested and approximately eight pounds of methamphetamine was seized on Wednesday as part of a multi-agency investigation.
Following a tip that Julio Gutierrez, 36, of Los Osos was transporting multiple pounds of uncut meth between California and Chicago using his work as a road re-surfacer for Santa Barbra Surfacing to hide his drug trafficking, FBI investigators used an informant to purchase five pounds of meth. The confidential informant met Gutierrez at his home at 1687, 7th Street in Los Osos.
During the investigation, the confidential informant negotiated the purchase of five pounds of methamphetamine with Gutierrez, a transaction that took place Wednesday morning. When Gutierrez, Jeronimo Baldivias, 45, and Eleuterio Corona, 37, delivered the narcotics, all three were taken into custody.
While executing a search warrant at a residence in Ontario – the location where the one-pound transaction allegedly took place – law enforcement officials arrested the fourth man.
Task force members are searching for a fifth suspect, Mario Garcia, also known as Mario Garcia-Mendoza, 32, of Ontario, who is identified as a fugitive.
Distributing methamphetamine is a charge that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and statutory maximum sentence of life in prison if they are convicted.
The case was jointly investigated by the by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.