SLO Sheriff releases full list of alleged cocaine traffickers
August 12, 2015
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office has released an expanded roster of an alleged cocaine trafficking ring that the district attorney’s office had already begun prosecuting.
Last week, the DA’s office announced it had filed charges against seven men accused of trafficking cocaine. On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office added two names to the list of suspects and held a press conference where it exhibited the cocaine and firearms seized.
Investigators seized more than five kilos of cocaine, which has an estimated street value of more than $200,000, according to the sheriff’s office. Detectives also confiscated handguns, semi-automatic rifles and ammunition.
Each of the suspects are residents of San Luis Obispo County. Investigators served search warrants at several locations, including Morro Bay, Los Osos, Atascadero and Paso Robles.
The drug ring distributed cocaine in the county, as well as in surrounding counties, according to the sheriff’s office.
The majority of the suspects have already been arraigned in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
Tuesday’s news release stated the sheriff’s office waited until this week to announce the arrests because it was still serving search warrants, as of Friday night, and it did not want to jeopardize the investigation. The release also stated the sheriff’s office did not want to release information in a “piecemeal fashion.”
The nine suspects charged in the case are: