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It wasn’t on the regular menu.

Three people were arrested and more than $10,000 in methamphetamine and marijuana were seized Wednesday during a series of coordinated drug raids centered around an Olivehurst taco truck.


Ernesto Paez-Olague

“They were dealing both tacos and drugs,” said Martin Horan, commander of the Yuba-Sutter NET-5 task force.

The alleged secret menu at the truck on Seventh Avenue and Fleming Way caught the attention of narcotics agents earlier this year and has been under investigation for more than three months, Horan said.

Warrants were served around 6 a.m. in Olivehurst in the 5300 block of Aspen Drive, 3900 block of Mary Avenue, the 4300 block of Evelyn Drive and in Yuba City in the 1800 block of Josephine Way and the 400 block of Garden Highway.

Nearly four ounces of methamphetamine was recovered, along with 160 marijuana plants and $8,500 in cash, Horan said.

Agents recovered the methamphetamine from a hole beneath a chicken coop. The marijuana garden was found behind the same chicken coop on Evelyn Drive in Olivehurst, Horan said.

Horan said the raid disrupted an organized trafficking operation.

“Our investigation included undercover buys and surveillance of people transporting meth in and around that area,” he said.

Brothers Juan, 22, and Ernesto Paez-Olague, 25, were booked into the Yuba County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, conspiracy and sale of drugs near a school.

They were still in custody Wednesday night with bail set at $50,000 each.

Saturnino Rodriguez, 40, was also arrested on the same charges, but was not booked into the jail out of concern for a medical condition, Horan said.

Horan said recommended charges against Rodriguez would be sent to the Yuba County District Attorney’s Office.


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