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Investigation leads to seven arrests across two counties, 19-pound meth seizure

An investigation by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration led to the arrests of seven people and seizure of about 19 pounds of methamphetamine last week, officials said.

The haul of drugs, packaging material and $12,000 in cash were recovered in the execution of six search warrants Wednesday, five served in the Santa Rosa area and one in San Jose.

Five suspects were booked into the Sonoma County jail.

Christian Mondragon-Mendoza, 22, and Aida Sanchez-Lopez, 23, both of Santa Rosa, were booked for felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, felony transporting of a controlled substance, felony transporting of a controlled substance for sale and felony conspiracy. The pair are being held on $100,000 bail.

Antonio Cruz-Rochin, 26, described as a Santa Rosa transient, was booked for violation of probation, being an unlicensed driver and having a concealed dirk or dagger, and was released on citation.

Sonoma County Sheriff's Office A Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office investigation, aided by the DEA and police departments in Santa Rosa, Oakland and San Jose, Calif., led to the arrests of seven people on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. About 19 pounds of methamphetamine and $12,000 were seized in execution of six warrants.

Jacqueline Leon-Ortiz, 22, of Santa Rosa was booked for felony possession of controlled substance for sale, felony conspiracy and felony child cruelty, and was released on citation.

Macey Hester, 23, of Santa Rosa, was booked for felony possession of controlled substance for sale and felony conspiracy, and was also released on citation.

Karen Chavez, 29, and Cesar Rojas-Jimenez, 29, were both arrested in San Jose and booked for felony possession of a controlled substance for sale and felony conspiracy.

Sonoma County investigators collaborated with police and DEA agents from Santa Rosa, Oakland and San Jose. Officials said about 44 peace officers were involved in Wednesday’s arrests.

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