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Drug Enforcement Administration

San Francisco

Daniel Comeaux, Special Agent in Charge

September 15, 2020

Contact: Casey Rettig

Phone Number: (415) 436-7994

15 charged on drugs and guns charges as part of anti-gang sweep in Concord and surrounding areas

Alleged Surenos used Concord shopping center as "one-stop shop" for guns and drugs

SAN FRANCISCO – Complaints were unsealed in federal court today charging 15 individuals with trafficking drugs and firearms in connection with the Sureños street gang, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson, ATF Special Agent in Charge Patrick Gorman, FBI Deputy Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair, DEA Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux, and Concord Police Chief Mark Bustillos. 

According to affidavits filed in connection with the complaints, multiple individuals affiliated with the Sureños street gang are alleged to have conspired to sell methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and firearms.  According to the complaint, the alleged sales occurred across Contra Costa County, but primarily in Concord, with numerous transactions occurring in a shopping center parking lot at 1500 Monument Boulevard.  According to the complaint, Sureño gang members claimed control over this shopping center, referring to it as “The Block” or “The Box,” and described it to undercover officers as a kind of “one-stop shop” for guns and drugs. 

“Today’s charges explode the myth of the non-violent drug dealer,” said U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson.  “Drugs are expensive.  Drugs are dangerous.  Where we find drugs, we almost always find guns.  What is particularly appalling about today’s charges is that the defendants did not even bother to hide the guns or drugs.  Rather, the defendants allegedly peddled their products in broad daylight in public spaces.”

 “Throughout this investigation, ATF has worked side by side with our partners to fulfill ATF’s mission of protecting the public by investigating the criminal misuse and trafficking of firearms in the Contra Costa county area,” said Special Agent in Charge Patrick Gorman, San Francisco Field Division, ATF.  “In April 2019, ATF began working with the Concord Police Department and then with other agencies to address problematic gang activity that was occurring within Contra Costa county. Law enforcement partnerships create an unwavering unified front against violent crime and this collaborative effort between local and federal agencies is evidence of our shared focus. ATF remains committed to working hard and doing our part to make this region a safer place as our pledge to protect the public is one ATF takes very seriously.”

“This operation exemplifies the dedication of the FBI and our task force partners to disrupt dangerous gang activity and remove the threat of criminals who endanger our neighborhoods,” said FBI Deputy Special Agent in Charge Craig Fair.  “We are committed to improving the quality of life in our Bay Area communities and ensuring the safety of our citizens.” 

“Nobody wins in a community where street gang activity exists. It threatens public safety and the security of our neighborhoods,” stated DEA Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux. “These indictments send the message that law enforcement at all levels will work as one to pursue and prosecute criminal gangs and their associates.”

 “We are thankful for our close working relationship with our federal partners,” said Concord Police Chief Mark Bustillos. “Violent crime does not stop at a city’s border, and our relationship with our federal partners allows us to bring those who use violence and intimidation in Concord to justice.”          

Of the fifteen defendants charged federally, eight were taken into custody on September 10, 2020.  Three additional defendants are due to be transferred from state to federal custody, while two more will stay in state custody as of today.  The whereabouts of the remaining two federal defendants are unknown.  The following chart summarizes the charges, custodial status, and next court dates for of each of the 15 federal defendants:

Name

Age

Custodial status

Case number

Charges

Next court date

Luis CRUZ

24

State custody

20-71278

21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B(viii) and (b)(1)(C) (drug conspiracy)

TBD

Luis RAMIREZ-CARRANZA

31

Federal custody

20-71278

21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B(viii) and (b)(1)(C) (drug conspiracy)

9/15/20

Phabel GUTIERREZ

38

State custody

20-71278

21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B(viii) and (b)(1)(C) (drug conspiracy)

TBD

Angel MAGAÑA

26

State custody

20-71278

21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B(viii) and (b)(1)(C) (drug conspiracy)

TBD

Ernesto MISSIEGO

18

State custody

20-71278

21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B(viii) and (b)(1)(C) (drug conspiracy)

TBD

Christian CERVANTES

23

State custody

20-71278

21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B(viii) and (b)(1)(C) (drug conspiracy)

TBD

Francisco CANO

34

Federal custody

20-71278

21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B(viii) and (b)(1)(C) (drug conspiracy)

9/17/20

Armando NAVARRO

42

Federal custody

20-71278

21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B(viii) and (b)(1)(C) (drug conspiracy)

9/29/20

Sheena MIDDLETON

35

Federal custody

20-71278

21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B(viii) and (b)(1)(C) (drug conspiracy)

9/16/20

Luis CABRERA

28

Wanted

20-71278

21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B(viii) and (b)(1)(C) (drug conspiracy)

TBD

Alexis PEREZ

23

Federal custody

20-71278

21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C) (drug distribution)

9/18/20

Brian ALVARENGA

30

Wanted

20-71278

21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C) (drug distribution)

TBD

Eric CARRILLO

23

Federal custody

20-71283

18 U.S.C. 371 (firearms trafficking conspiracy)

9/15/20

Juan CONCHAS-CARRILLO

25

Federal custody

20-71283

18 U.S.C. 371 (firearms trafficking conspiracy)

9/16/20

Kevin VIDAL

23

Federal custody

20-71284

26 U.S.C. § 5861 (unlawful possession of unregistered firearm)

9/21/20

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