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FBI operation in California results in six arrests in interstate drug trafficking operation

April 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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On Wednesday, at least six people were taken into custody in Stanislaus County, California by FBI agents supported by Modesto and Turlock authorities for their roles in an interstate drug trafficking operation.

Lauren Horwood, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the California Eastern District told the Modesto Bee that the six individuals “were charged in a sealed indictment last Thursday with running a multistate drug trafficking organization along with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin,

The six suspects are identified as Jimmy Jamar Brantley, 40; Alecia Michelle Trapps, 54; Sheena Catrice Taylor, 41; Joseph Charles Vasquez, 30; and Walter Ernest Westley, 60; and Carmen Conejo, 51.

Officials said a seventh individual, 40-year-old Damian Gabriel Cortez, was arrested by the FBI in an unrelated case and has been charged with being a felon in possession of a gun.

Federal investigators confiscated 45 pounds of meth, four pounds of heroin and three pounds of cocaine.

According to court records, the suspects are alleged to have been involved in a trafficking enterprise in Modesto and Juneau, Alaska.

The indictment also alleges that some of the criminal activity also occurred in Sacramento County.

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