Six felony arrests made

Posted: 26th May 2011 by Doc in Uncategorized
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LAKE COUNTY — Undercover operations, probation searches and the service of search warrants by the Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force on Thursday night and lasted into Friday morning resulted in six felony arrests, the seizure of methamphetamine and marijuana and the seizing of two handguns one of which was reported stolen out of Clearlake.

On Thursday narcotics detectives developed information from a case that originated in the county that a narcotics transaction involving a large amount of methamphetamine was going to occur that evening on the grounds of the Yuba College in Clearlake, according to a Lake County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Shortly before 6 p.m., narcotics detectives established surveillance at the Yuba College Campus.

Uniformed sheriff’s deputies and two narcotics detection K-9 teams were also staged in the area.

At approximately 6:15 p.m., a suspect, later identified as Michael Tremell Mitchell, 25, of Clearlake, rode into the college campus on a dirt bike and stopped near a parked vehicle.

As Mitchell got into the parked car, narcotics detectives quickly moved in and detained him without incident.

Detectives conducted a search of Mitchell and the vehicle pursuant to the terms of his probation and approximately ounce of methamphetamine was seized from the car.

Subsequent to Mitchell’s arrest, narcotics detectives developed more information that another sales transaction involving an even larger amount of methamphetamine was to occur within 20 minutes at Mitchell’s home on 19th Avenue in Clearlake.
Detectives quickly went to Mitchell’s home to insert detectives, conduct surveillance and intercept the unidentified drug traffickers.

While waiting for the primary suspects to arrive, another man, Cebram Lawrence Roston, 29, of Clearlake arrived at the house and was detained.

Roston had multiple warrants for his arrest for narcotics charges and other offenses. He was arrested and secured while detectives continued to wait for the drug traffickers.

Shortly after Roston was taken into custody, Clearlake Police officers arrived at the home as someone had reportedly witnessed undercover detectives, handcuffing him and taking him into the home.

One of the detectives inserted in the home saw the uniformed Clearlake Officers approach.

Lake County Sheriff Frank Rivero said, “the detective called out to the uniformed officers announcing there were sheriff narcotics officers inside. He then opened the front door, announcing Sheriff’s Office presence again and presenting his badge.

Rivero said “the Clearlake officers immediately recognized the undercover narcotics detective and then left without incident.”

Rivero said that shortly after the Clearlake Police officers left, a gold pick-up truck arrived at the home and as two suspects got out and approached the front of the house, multiple detectives and uniformed deputies moved in and detained them.

The two men were identified as Edgar Agustin Castellanos, 30, of Las Vegas and Fernando Flores-Nunez, 25, of Clearlake, both illegal aliens.

A press release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office stated that narcotics detection K-9 teams were deployed to check the truck and while the dogs “hit” on several areas of the vehicle, no drugs were located. Detectives were reported to believe that the suspects intended to collect payment for the intended transaction before delivering the drugs. Castellanos and Flores-Nunez were both arrested for conspiracy to sell a methamphetamine and immigration holds that detectives requested from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Further investigation led narcotics detectives to two other homes in Clearlake where they believed Castellanos lived. As detectives worked into the early morning hours of Friday to freeze homes located on 33rd Avenue and Vista Street, search warrants were written and secured for both locations.

Shortly after 4 a.m., Rivero said detectives served the search warrants at both homes. At the home on 33rd Avenue, a total of 351 marijuana plants were seized from an illegal grow in the backyard. Two firearms, a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a .45 caliber revolver were both allegedly seized from inside of a bedroom. The .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol was later determined to be stolen out of Clearlake.

Mitchell, Roston, Castellanos and Flores-Nunez were transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility for booking. Mitchell was charged with possession of a controlled substance for sales and transportation of a controlled substance. Roston was booked on a total of six warrants for his arrest for narcotics offenses and other charges.

Castellanos was booked for conspiracy to sell methamphetamine, cultivation of marijuana, grand theft of a firearm and an immigration hold. Flores-Nunez was booked for conspiracy to sell methamphetamine and an immigration hold.

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