Authorities thwart drug ring; 4 arrested

Posted: 27th June 2011 by Doc in Uncategorized

A drug-trafficking ring between Earlimart and Santa Barbara was stopped by authorities in both locations Wednesday, according to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.

Warrants were served in both Santa Barbara and Tulare counties, resulting in the arrests of four people.

Jose Paul Guillermo Perez Lopez, 42, was arrested at his home in Santa Barbara, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Deputies also believe that he headed the ring. Upon searching Lopez’s residence and vehicle, deputies discovered more than 8 ounces of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine packaged for sale and $5,700 in cash.

Juan Delgado Beltran, 37, was arrested at a residence in the 800 block of East Terra Bella Way in Pixley. Deputies said they found cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, a loaded handgun and more than $45,000 in cash at the home and at another house in Earlimart.

Martin Rios Beltran, 37, and Josephina Delgado Beltran, 40, were arrested at a residence in the 13000 block of Road 80 in Earlimart. A search there uncovered 2.6 pounds of cocaine, 15 pounds of marijuana, two loaded handguns, two loaded rifles and more than $11,000, deputies said.

A fifth man, Eduardo Ramirez, 35, is wanted by authorities after detectives searched his residence in the 100 block of Ash Avenue in Earlimart and found an ounce of methamphetamine and two children under 12 left unattended.

Detectives said Lopez has been traveling from Earlimart to Santa Barbara during the week for years and selling mass quantities of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine to customers and other narcotics dealers in Santa Barbara County, including the cities of Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta. He has recently been observed by Santa Barbara sheriff’s detectives conducting dozens of daily narcotics transactions, some within 1,000 feet of a school.

All those arrested were booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail.

Lopez, Josefina Delgado Beltran and Juan Delgado Beltran were booked for outstanding arrest warrants alleging sales and transportation of controlled substances, with bail set at $250,000. Additional charges, including weapons violations, are pending.

Martin Rios Beltran also was booked into the Santa Barabara County jail on drug violations, with bail set at $100,000 with a requested immigration/bail review.

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