Posted by on September 22, 2017
Categories: Bay Area

( – Five North Bay residents were arrested Thursday on drug violations as part of an 11-month undercover operation by several North and East Bay law enforcement agencies.

The five suspects who lived in San Rafael or Petaluma allegedly sold cocaine and methamphetamine in the Canal area of San Rafael, Marin County sheriff’s Lt. Rudy Yamanoha said.

When the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force received information that a number of mid-level drug dealers were distributing narcotics in several cities in Marin County, it started a buy program in the Canal area.

The Task Force made approximately 21 undercover purchases from nine individuals that totaled two pounds of cocaine and six ounces of meth with a street value of $24,000, Yamanoha said.

Narcotics officers recovered approximately five pounds of cocaine and three-quarters of a pound of meth from two residences in Petaluma and two in San Rafael, Yamanoha said. Officers also recovered $16,000 cash from two

Four of the five pounds of cocaine were recovered from a child’s bedroom in one of the Petaluma residences, Yamanoha said.

The suspects are Armando Sanchez, 36, and his brother Hugo Sanchez, 29, both of Petaluma, Maria Aleman, 41, Otto Lopez, 34, and Wilmer Barrios, 32, all of San Rafael, Yamanoha said.

The suspects were booked in the Marin County Jail for possession of the drugs for sales, transportation for sales and conspiracy. More arrests are expected, Yamanoha said.

Other agencies that investigated the drug deals include the Marin County District Attorney’s Office, Drug Enforcement Agency in Santa Rosa and Oakland, San Rafael and Novato police departments, Sonoma County, Napa County and Richmond task forces, Marin Sheriff’s Office and Probation Enforcement unit as well as the California Highway Patrol.