Merced deputies seize $1 million in drugs from ‘cartel style’ operation | The Merced Sun-Star The Merced Sun-Star

Merced County sheriff’s deputies this week seized more than $1 million in methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana and uncovered three cases of apparent animal abuse in Delhi, authorities reported.

A total of eight people were arrested in connection with the investigation, according to Sgt. Delray Shelton, the Sheriff’s Department’s spokesman.

Investigators, during the raids, seized more than 420 pounds of marijuana buds, more than five pounds of crystal methamphetamine, more than two pounds each of cocaine and hashish, along with two handguns.

Deputies put the estimated street value of all drugs seized at more than $1 million.

Deputies described the investigation as “lengthy” and said it resulted in raids Thursday on three homes.

“The operations were elaborate and set up for commercial production, cartel style,” Sgt. Ray Framstad said in a news release.

Framstad and Detective Chris Sziraki headed the investigation that led homes on North Petaluma Street, Feather Way and August Avenue, deputies said in the statement.

“During the warrant service at the August Avenue location, authorities rescued several neglected and abandoned dogs,” officials reported. “Deputies noticed the dogs chains were so tight around their necks, that the chains became imbedded in their skin.”

A total of three dos were taken to an area veterinarian for treatment.

Authorities believe additional people are involved in the various operations. Anyone with information, is encouraged to contact the Merced County Sheriff’s Office at 209-385-7445. All callers will remain anonymous.


Alejandro Lopez, 31, Merced, Irma Aguilar, 56, of Livingston, Wolfrano Rivers, 49, of Fremont, and five Modesto residents: Adrian Lopez Rivers, 27, Jose Moreno Lopez, 49, Agustin Acevedo, 21, Agustin Rodriguez, 33, Benito Acevedo, 34.

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