Authorities break up North County meth ring
September 1, 2016
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office say its narcotics unit has shut down a major methamphetamine distribution ring that was operating in North County. Sheriff’s officials believe the methamphetamine ring has ties to Mexican drug cartels.
An investigation into the North County drug ring began in June. Thus far, the case has netted nine arrests. Another four suspects have outstanding warrants.
In SLO County, deputies served warrants in Paso Robles and Atascadero and seized about two pounds of methamphetamine.The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of more than $12,000. Officers also seized two handguns and ammunition.
Authorities arrested Jesus Manuel Flores Ayala, 37, of Paso Robles; Clarice Christensen, 59, of Paso Robles; Harold Johnson, 59, of Paso Robles; Ismael Garcia Cruz, 22, of Paso Robles; Hugo Ubaldo, 27, of Paso Robles; Angelica Solorio Lopez, 42, of Paso Robles; Wendy Millan, 28, of San Miguel; Lisa Becerra, 44, of Atascadero; and Kevin Snyder, 30, of Atascadero.
Warrants are outstanding for Francisco Simon Wbaldo, 30, of Paso Robles; Detra Nash, 53, of Atascadero; Kansas Anderson Dorsey, 26, of Shandon; and Froilan Flores Gonzalez, 44, of Hesperia.
The suspects face a range of charges, including possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance for sale and conspiracy to commit a crime. Ayala also faces a charge of transportation of drugs for sale from one country to another.
Sheriff’s narcotics detectives received assistance with the investigation from the sheriff’s K9 unit, San Luis Obispo Police Department, county probation department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations.