5 arrested in drug raid across Valencia County

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After a seven-month investigation, five of six people wanted for drug trafficking were arrested Friday in a warrant roundup in Valencia County.

About 50 officers with the Valencia County Sheriff's Office, the DEA and the Region 1 Narcotics Task Force executed three search warrants and six arrest warrants in an early-morning raid Friday, Aug. 9.

Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard said the arrest warrants were obtained after officers received numerous tips and information developed by the Region 1 Narcotics Task Force, which the sheriff's office is a member.

"As we grew the information, we were able to make some buys and finally got to a point where we were able to make the arrests and serve the warrants," Burkhard said. "We netted some pretty sizable amounts of cocaine, and methamphetamine, which was more than what's needed for personal use, which was packaged for distribution."

The sheriff said he believes Friday's roundup made an impact on the illegal drug activity in the county.

Last November, a similar roundup was conducted in which law enforcement served 13 warrants and made 16 arrests, which Burkhard said was "very significant."

"This is going to be an ongoing activity," the sheriff said. "We'll be actively working narcotics continuously."

Those arrested and the charges against them include, Dario Olivas, 23, of Veguita, conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamines; Hugo Parra-Ramirez, 19, of El Cerro Mission, trafficking a controlled substance; William Gonzales-Rivas, 20, of El Cerro Mission, distribution of methamphetamines; Jose Jaquez, 18, of Peralta, distribution of cocaine; and Carlos Gonzales-Rivas, 23, of El Cerro Mission, distribution of methamphetamines.

Burkhard said officers discovered and seized a half kilogram of cocaine, valued at $25,000; four ounces of methamphetamine, valued at $5,000; and $5,000 in cash in connection with the warrants.


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