A total of 29 defendants, including seven in Bakersfield, have been indicted for allegedly conspiring to bring methamphetamine and heroin from Bakersfield and distribute it in North Dakota.
U.S. Attorney Generals in North Dakota and California, FBI agents and Bakersfield police took part in the investigation. A news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Eastern District of California, says the indictments are a result of a task force formed to address organized crime arising from the oil book in the Bakken region in North Dakota.
The seven defendants charged in the Eastern District of California were all arrested in the Bakersfield area by FBI agents and Bakersfield police officers Tuesday morning.
“Criminals pay no attention to jurisdictional lines, and when a criminal enterprise crosses several states, it can quickly exceed the resources of local agencies,” BPD Chief Greg Williamson said in a news release. “That’s when the capabilities of the federal authorities become invaluable in making a difference in our city’s streets and neighborhoods.”
Two indictments charge seven Bakersfield residents in the Eastern District of California as follows: Ricardo Cruz Gomez Jr., 23, conspiracy, distribution of meth; Marquiz Demitric Tucker, 44, conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute meth, racketeering; Labrea Leshawn Davis, 29, Robin Lee, 25, and Nina Johnson, 35, possession with intent to distribute meth, racketeering; and Michael Muniz, 43, and Rubin Valdez Jr., 37, conspiracy to distribute meth and distribution of meth.
This article was written by Jason Kotowski from The Bakersfield Californian and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.