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News Release
February 28, 2005

DEA and the Bakersfield Police Department announce the arrest of 8 suspected drug traffickers

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bakersfield Police Department announce the arrest of eight (8) suspected drug traffickers in Delano CA., Phoenix AZ., and Medford OR. This is a two year criminal investigation that resulted in the seizure of 13 and 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine and 3/4 pound of cocaine during the course of the investigation.

Beginning Friday, February 18, 2005 federal search warrants were executed by DEA Bakersfield, DEA Fresno and the Bakersfield Police Department at 140 Freemont St. Delano, CA. and 710 Jefferson St., Delano, CA. Search warrants were also executed at 2617 South 63rd Drive Phoenix, AZ. and 677 Beatty St. #5 Medford OR.

The names of the persons arrested are as follows:

1. Fermin Barragan, 28, of Delano, CA.
2. Rosalio Barragan, 36, of Delano, CA.
3. Fanny Lopez, Delano, 24, of Delano, CA.
4. Rosendo Covarrubias, 20, of Delano, CA.
5. Artemio Ortiz-Cisneros, 19, of Delano, CA.
6. Jesus Chavez-Elicea, 31, of Phoenix, AZ.
7. Edith Ortiz, 23, of Phoenix, AZ.
8. Rafael Cisneros-Bravo, 34, of Medford, OR.

Fermin Barragan, Rosalio Barragan, Fanny Lopez, Rosendo Covarrubias, and Artemio Ortiz-Cisneros are being held at the Lerdo Correction Center awaiting transfer to Fresno for a bail hearing. Jesus Chavez-Elicea, Edith Ortiz, and Rafael Cisneros-Bravo are awaiting extradition to Fresno CA. The suspects have been charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted, the maximum penalty is life imprisonment. The mandatory minimum sentence is 10 years incarceration. A maximum amount of fine that can be imposed is four (4) million dollars.

DEA Resident Agent in Charge Stephen P. Peterson stated this was a significant methamphetamine organization that was based in Delano, CA. RAC Peterson further added the DEA will continue to work in cooperation with its local and federal counterparts to protect and serve the residents of this area from the dangers of illegal drugs.

Two additional suspects associated with this organization are still at large and are classified as fugitives. They are Miguel Ortiz-Cisneros and Rogelio Monge-Guiterrez. Any person with information regarding these suspects, please call DEA Bakersfield at 661-396-3736.

The defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven otherwise. For further information contact DEA RAC Stephen P. Peterson at 661-396-3736.



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