On March 20th, 2013

Agents Shut Down Multi-State Operation Drugs, Guns, Money Seized

humoldt_pot_246_274_c1It is an impressive list:

  • Six arrested
  • 44 firearms (handguns, shotguns, assault rifles, rifles)
  • 15 high-capacity magazines
  • $74,000 in cash
  • 2,896 marijuana plants
  • 400 pounds of processed marijuana
  • cocaine, mushrooms

That is the result of a California Department of Justice(DOJ) investigation that started back in 2010 with a tip to special agents and ended with arrests and the seizure of weapons, drugs and cash.  

"Our California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) members who are special agents with the DOJ had the lead role in the North State Marijuana Investigation Team in this lengthy investigation," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona.  "Also on that team are our CSLEA members who are agents with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).  Together, with other state and local officers, the agents on this task force shut down an illegal drug ring that dealt with large amounts of marijuana to be sold illegally on the streets throughout the entire country."

humbolt_gunsThe North State Marijuana Investigation Team (NSMIT) agents served 12 search warrants at several locations in Humboldt County, San Francisco and Sonoma.  They also served a search warrant at a Coldwell Banker office and a storage unit in Fortuna.

The six people arrested are:

  • Erik Sordal, 31
  • Jamie Gilbert, 35
  • Scott Moore, 31
  • Emory "Kip" Ayers, 64
  • Shawn Mitten, 35
  • Alvin cody Machado, 27

The charges range in nature from cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of assault weapons, possession of cocaine, probation violation and child endangerment.

"Special agents routinely target drug, gun and human trafficking rings in California," said Barcelona.  "The investigations are often lengthy and extremely dangerous.  We thank them for their efforts in keeping Californians safe."

Photos Courtesy California Department Of Justice

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