Drug-ring bust centers on Earlimart

Posted: 27th June 2011 by Doc in Uncategorized
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A longtime drug-trafficking ring linking Tulare and Santa Barbara counties was broken up Wednesday after five warrants were served in both areas, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department announced Friday.

The 42-year-old ringleader has homes in both counties and for years has traveled from Earlimart to deliver heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine in Santa Barbara County. He was arrested at a home in Santa Barbara, and nearly eight ounces of drugs were seized along with about $6,000 in cash.

A 37-year-old man described as a co-conspirator was taken into custody on the 800 block of East Terra Bella Way in Pixley.

Nearly nine ounces of cocaine, three ounces of heroin, an ounce of methamphetamine, a handgun and $45,000 in cash were confiscated at a home he was associated with on the 900 block of Olive Road in Earlimart.

Another 37-year-old man was arrested on the 13000 block of Avenue 80 in Earlimart, where deputies found 2.6 pounds of cocaine, 15 pounds of processed marijuana, four firearms and $11,000 in cash.

A 40-year-old woman deputies say was connected to the operation was arrested at another home on the 800 block of Olive Road in Earlimart. All were booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail.

A 35-year-old man remained at large.


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