CORNING — A woman from Orland and a Hamilton City man were arrested Tuesday in connection with a methamphetamine trafficking ring that stretched from Modesto to Red Bluff.
Drug enforcement teams from Glenn and Tehama counties, as well as the Drug Enforcement Agency, concluded a two-month investigation with six arrests, most made in the parking lot of a McDonald”s restaurant in Corning.
Norma Gonzalez, 30, of Orland, and Victor Gonzalez, 36, of Hamilton City were arrested at that location, along with Crescencio Esquivel, a 42-year-old man from San Jose alleged to be the ringleader.
Agents set up a drug buy in the parking lot, where Esquivel and Norma Gonzalez showed up with a pound of packaged methamphetamine.
Victor Gonzalez was also found in the parking lot allegedly in possession of 99 grams of methamphetamine.
Armando Barragan, 36, of Modesto, and Waldo Mendoza, 49, of Ceres were also arrested in the parking lot for being parties to the attempted sale.
A federal search warrant served at a home in the 100 block of Mobile Drive in corning led to the arrest of Salvador Jamaica-Arellano, 39, who was captured as he tried to flee out a back door. Agents seized 12.9 grams of methamphetamine at the residence, and said Esquivel and Jamaica-Arellano had allegedly sold them drugs on several occasions during the investigation.
The street value of methamphetamine seized in the operation is estimated at $27,875.
All six suspects were booked into the Tehama County Jail in Red Bluff, then transported to Sacramento and booked into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.