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Compton, California man is latest arrest in auto center drug trafficking enterprise

June 18, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Compton, California man is latest arrest in auto center drug trafficking enterprise

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Authorities say a man from Compton, California is the latest suspect to be arrested in association with a drug trafficking enterprise based out of the Santa Paula Auto Center.

According to the Ventura County Star, the latest co-conspirator, identified as 21-year-old Compton resident Salvador Andaya was named in the criminal complaint as a supplier of meth to the illegal drug trafficking enterprise.

The owner of the business and seven of his associates were taken into custody on May 12th.

Salvador Andaya was arrested as part of an investigation into a drug trafficking ring officials said Friday. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

Additional suspects in the area accused of trafficking drugs have been arrested over the past couple of weeks after their criminal activity was revealed during the investigation.

Andaya, who reportedly provided the auto center with meth, was arrested on May 30 at his residence.

Search warrants were executed there at approximately 8:30 p.m. and authorities discovered 3 ounces of meth, a scale, and a firearm.

The Compton man is suspected of supplying methamphetamine to the Santa Paula Auto Center is the latest person to be arrested in the drug trafficking operation, officials said Friday. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

Federal law enforcement officials said investigators recovered a hidden compartment in his car that had 11 ounces of meth, another gun, scale, and documented drug sales.

Andaya was booked into the county jail and was charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale.

He pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear in court on June 27th. He remains behind bars with bail set at $500,000.

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