A multi-agency gang investigation that lasted a couple of years has resulted in five federal indictments and 29 criminal complaints, the Anaheim PD said in a news release Monday.
The investigation targeted narcotic sales and street-terrorism crimes police say were carried out by members of two criminal street gangs in Anaheim.
Nine suspects remain outstanding, and the APD is asking for the public’s help in finding them.
The investigation ended Wednesday, March 23 after law enforcement officers from across the county conducted a sweep, said the APD, which was assisted in the probe by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has issued federal indictments against five defendants for distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Those defendants are:
Delia Partida, 38, Anaheim; Antonio Partida, 32, Anaheim; Augustina Ortuno, 52, Anaheim; Juan Casillas, 30, Anaheim; and Uriel Castaneda, 37, Anaheim.
Bail was set at $25,000 for Delia Partida and $105,000 for Augustina Ortuno, according to the March 28 news release.
Bail has not been set on the remaining federal defendants, who are being held by federal authorities in Santa Ana. At the request of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the booking photos of the federal defendants were not made public.
In addition, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office issued criminal complaints against 29 defendants for the sales of narcotics and transportation of narcotics. Several of the complaints included felony charges related to gang activity. Those defendants are:
Francisco Reveles, 32, Anaheim; Freddy Reveles, 27, Anaheim; Adrian Najera, 26, Anaheim; Jorge Torres, 39, Anaheim; Evelyn Espinosa, 21, Anaheim; Araceli Lara, 23, Anaheim; Vianey Lara, 22, Anaheim; Luis Campillo, 23, Anaheim; Bosco Parrales, 26, Anaheim; Ricardo Tapia, 28, Anaheim; Lauren Carrera, 20, Anaheim; Juan Herrera, 32, Anaheim; Daniel Espinoza, 30, Anaheim; Pedro Lara, 26, Anaheim; Rogelio Viramontes, 19, Anaheim; Alejandro Ramirez, 20, Anaheim; Jose Ruiz, 35, Anaheim; and Eric Porras, 18, Anaheim.
Of the above-listed defendant, Juan Herrera, Daniel Espinoza, Pedro Lara, Rogelio Viramontes, Alejandro Ramirez, Jose Ruiz, and Eric Porras already were in custody. In addition to those listed, two 17-year-old males were arrested and booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall.
The remaining suspects all were arrested in Anaheim, with the exception of one of the male juveniles who was arrested in Orange.
Ricardo Tapia was arrested in Buena Park and Juan Casillas was arrested in Los Angeles.
All of the state defendants were booked at Orange County Jail with bail set at $50,000, with the exception of Rogelio Viramontes, Eric Porras, and Juan Gomez Virgen, who are held without bail.
Additionally, the following defendants were not located and are being sought on warrants:
Alejandro Aguirre, 55, Anaheim; Eduardo Hernandez, 21, Anaheim; Francisco Cervantes, 39, Anaheim; Himmer Lara Lopez, 25, Anaheim; Juan Gomez Virgen, 19; Hector Reynoso, 22, Anaheim; Leonard Marshall, 63, Anaheim; Jeanette Garcia, 21, Anaheim; and Alejandro Apolonio, 20, Anaheim.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the outstanding suspects is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (888) TIP-OCCS, or by email to www.occrimestoppers.org. A reward of up to $1,000 may be available.