Drug dealers and counterfeiters operating across the street from an Olivehurst school misspelled the word “permanent” on counterfeit Permanent Resident Alien cards, a drug enforcement official said.
Jorge Ponce-Ruiz, Kayn Perez-Esquile and Humberto Ibarra-Diaz were arrested Wednesday morning in the 1700 block of Seventh Avenue before classes began across the street from Ella Elementary School, said Mike Hudson, commander of the Yuba-Sutter Narcotic and Gang Enforcement Team, or NET-5.
“Permanent” was spelled “permanet,” Hudson said.
Using a scanner and color printer, the three men also were counterfeiting U.S. and Mexican currency. If they were paying wholesale drug dealers with the bills, the possibility of violence was increased, he said.
“This investigation was actually a high priority for NET-5 because it was directly across the street from an elementary school and the drug sales were taking place while kids were in school,” Hudson said.
“When a drug dealer buys drugs from a wholesale distributor using counterfeit money, that’s a recipe for disaster,” he said.
Perez-Esquile, 32, fought briefly with NET-5 officers when they entered the residence with a search warrant, Hudson said. He and Ponce-Ruiz, 35, were arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale. Ibarra-Diaz, 41, was arrested for possession of the drug, Hudson said.
All three also are facing charges of possession of counterfeit money and fraudulent checks and identification.
Numerous fake Social Security and Mexican ID cards were seized, along with a half-ounce of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
A computer was being used to generate commercial checks on commercial-grade check paper, Hudson said.
All three men are in the U.S. illegally and are being held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he said.