OROVILLE, Calif. - Ninety drug agents and officers joined forces Wednesday morning, serving a series of search and arrest warrants in Oroville.
Seven people were arrested following the 10-month long investigation of a methamphetamine trafficking organization.
The group includes members of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF). The operation is a part of a long term investigation.
Among the arrested were Federico Sandoval Aguilar and Alejandro Lopez-Corona of Biggs, Manuel Garcia Navarro an Rafael Morfin-Medina, Rickey Lee Xiong, Sou Xiong and Cindy Lee Hunter of Oroville. Five suspects were not located and are considered fugitives. They are Guillermo Ventura-Lopez, David Milton Eleazar, Neng Chue Xiong, Pao Thao and Jaime Dominguez.
About 10 lbs. of methamphetamine was seized along with five firearms, one of them stolen, and more than $70,000 in cash.
The complaint filed by the DEA in Sacramento alleges that Federico Aguilar was the head of an organization distributing methamphetamine in Butte County and within California's Eastern District.
According to a news release, this organization was identified through information provided by confidential sources, surveillance of the organization's members, drug purchases made by undercover law enforcement and court authorized wiretaps of Aguilar and his associates.
The complaint filed by the DEA accuses Aguilar and his associates of transporting pound quantities of methamphetamine from Mexico to Butte County, then distributing and selling it.