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CSLEA Meets with Greater Bay Area DMV Occupational Licensing Inspectors
By Jim Laughin, CSLEA Member Services Representative
HAYWARD - On November 16, 2017, California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) held a membership outreach event with DMV Occupational Licensing Inspectors of the greater Bay Area.
DMV Occupational Licensing Inspectors inspect and license, new and used car dealers, registration services, dismantlers and driving schools. They also conduct scheduled and random audits to make sure the businesses are operating within DMV regulations and, when necessary, place these same licensees out of business when they fall out of compliance.
It is vitally important that California consumers are protected from businesses who do not meet the high standards outlined in the Vehicle Code and California Code of Regulations.
CSLEA proudly thanks all DMV Occupational Licensing Inspectors for their good work in keeping Californians safe.
CABCA Donates $2,500 to Pink Heals Inc. Following Pink Patch Project
CLOVIS – When the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents (CABCA) first partnered with the Pink Patch Project in September, the agents had no idea what to expect, other than a beautiful pink patch sold and worn to raise awareness and money to help in the fight against breast cancer.
“We kept the sale of the patches limited to the department,” said CABCA President Kevin Highbaugh. “So, we ordered two hundred to begin with. Almost immediately we were ordering hundreds more. This allowed us to raise money for a charity of our choice that helps cancer patients, or assists in research. One of the cancer survivors in our department, Lori Kohman, chose Pink Heals Inc.”
On November 16, 2017, Highbaugh, along with CABCA Member Lori Kohman, and several other ABC staff members, traveled to the Clovis Fire Department Training Facility to present Pink Heals Inc. with a check for $2,500.
Pink Heals is a program that partners with public safety, local businesses and families to bring a community together. It provides love and support to patients and their families, so they do not feel alone in their fight against cancer.
“Cancer sucks, no question,” said Kohman. “But good things can come out of it, like Pink Heals and the work it does to help.”
Pink Heals' Lisa Benham-Lewis and Agent Lori Kohlman
“Pink Heals is a fun and great support system and we are so excited we are able to contribute to their efforts to bring smiles and encouragement to cancer patients and their families,” said Highbaugh.
California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents, licensing representatives and other employees joined more than 190 public safety agencies across the country that proudly partnered with the Pink Patch Project this year.
The Pink Patch Project is a national movement to raise awareness and money to help in the fight against breast cancer.
“This was a great way for all of us to show we care and that we are willing to take the extra steps to raise and donate money to help in the fight against a cancer that affects the women we care about,” said Highbaugh. “Our moms, our wives, our sisters, our daughters, our aunts, our nieces – who wouldn’t want to help out?”
CABCA purchased the patches and ABC agreed that, during the month of October, agents could wear the patches under their tactical vests and sell the patches to agents and non-sworn personnel in the department.
California DOJ Special Agents Assist in Gang, Drugs & Weapons Investigation Nine arrested in Contra Costa County
Photo Courtesy: Contra Costa Sheriff's Office
MARTINEZ - On November 13, 2017 the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of nine suspects following a months-long investigation into a gang in East Contra Costa County. Law enforcement officers on the local, state and federal level investigating the illegal transfer of firearms executed eight search warrants in Pittsburg, Antioch, and Bay Point.
The investigation was led by CASE (Contra Costa County Anti-Violence Support Effort). During the operation, CASE was assisted by special agents from the California Department of Justice (Bureau of Firearms), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Marshals, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, Pittsburg Police Department, Walnut Creek Police Department, Richmond Police Department and Probation Officers from the Contra Costa County Probation Department.
The nine suspects arrested are being held on numerous charges that include conspiracy, gang and narcotics violations, and weapons’ charges including felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an assault rifle, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and illegal transfer of a firearm.
During searches of the locations, law enforcement officers seized one AK-47 style assault rifle, three handguns, high capacity magazines, cocaine, marijuana, and pills.
“Anytime you can remove dangerous individuals from communities and seize their firearms and illegal drugs, you are working to make neighborhoods safer,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “I thank the brave law enforcement teams, including the DOJ special agents, for targeting those who pose a threat to all of us with their criminal acts.”
California DOJ Agents Target Mexican Mafia and Drug Cartel 47 arrested, 36 firearms seized
RIVERSIDE – A November 9, 2017 California Department of Justice operation targeting the Mexican mafia and drug cartel resulted in the arrest of 47 suspects; the seizure of 36 firearms, including assault weapons; and the seizure of 12 pounds of methamphetamine, three pounds of heroin, 120 pounds of marijuana, 60 pounds of cocaine, and $35,000 in criminal proceeds, all a part of a takedown of gang members in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties.
“This type of law enforcement work is extremely dangerous,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “I am grateful to our DOJ special agents who risk it all as they target some of the most dangerous gang members in this state. It’s work that protects all of us.”
The alleged criminal activities included extortion, the solicitation to commit murder, assault with a deadly weapon, illegal firearms possession, narcotics trafficking, and assaults, for the benefit of the Mexican mafia.
“There's nothing more important for any family than securing the peace of mind that the neighborhood our children play in and that we work in is safe. We took a step in that direction with today's arrest of gang members and seizure of firearms and drugs in Southern California,” said Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “Today’s bust is a prime example of law enforcement working together at all levels to put criminals behind bars.”
The operation was the product of a joint investigation by the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Investigation, Special Operations Unit (SOU), the Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force, the Riverside Police Department, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
With the help of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the SOU obtained approximately 30 felony arrest warrants.
The criminal intelligence obtained during this investigation has been shared with other law enforcement agencies in California and in other states to help combat criminal street gangs.
Jury in El Dorado County Convicts Sex Assault Suspect DOJ criminalist testified at the trial
EL DORADO COUNTY – On November 8, 2017, a jury in El Dorado County convicted Manuel Ovidio Ramos-Munoz of seven felony counts including kidnapping and sexual assault for the attack on a 22-year-old woman June 11, 2015.
The victim had recently arrived at in the United States from Macedonia to work for the summer as an exchange student. She was kidnapped at knifepoint just steps from her South Lake Tahoe motel room and was repeatedly sexually and physically assaulted. The investigation led to Ramos-Munoz, an employee of the motel.
During the course of the trial, a California Department of Justice criminalist was called to testify about evidence collected.
“Forensic science is such an integral part of investigations and prosecutions,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “DOJ criminalists are some of the brightest minds in forensic science and some cases would go nowhere without them. Thankfully, this violent individual will remain confined and unable to hurt others.”
“Our hearts go out to the victim and her family,” said El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson. “We are pleased that we were able to secure justice on her behalf and that this defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison for this disturbing and horrific crime.”
The case was investigated by South Lake Tahoe Police Department Detective Doug Sentell, with assistance from additional officers with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, as well as the District Attorney's Office. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jamie Pesce and Assistant District Attorney Joseph Alexander. Investigator Ken Barber and Victim Witness Advocate Yolanda McGillivray assisted during the prosecution. The jury heard testimony from the victim, as well as officers from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, a criminalist from the California Department of Justice, a Doctor and SART Nurse from the BEAR Clinics in both Sacramento and Reno, members of defendant's family, the defendant's former co-workers and a District Attorney Investigator.
Ramos-Munoz remains in the El Dorado County jail pending sentencing which is scheduled for January 19, 2018. He faces a maximum sentence of more than 150 years to life in prison.