The Colusa County Task Force continued its recent aggressive campaign to combat drug sales in the county over the past month, serving three separate search warrants within Colusa County since Feb. 22.
Those search warrants led to the arrest of six county residents and the placement of four children into Colusa County Child Protective Services’ custody. All included, agents seized of more than 20 grams of methamphetamine in addition to heroin, narcotic paraphernalia, and items indicative of sales.
Last Wednesday, Task Force agents, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies from around the county, served a warrant on the 100 block of West Florimond Drive in Colusa, where agents arrested three on suspicion of drug-related charges. Two of the individuals arrested were also arrested on suspicion of child endangerment.
“In just about every search warrant we’re serving recently, we’re running into children who are around this stuff, and are testing positive for methamphetamine,” Task Force agent and Colusa County Sheriff Sgt. Michael Bradwell said.
While searching the residence, agents discovered a large underground chamber below the back yard. Bradwell said that the chamber was about 33 feet long, 6 feet tall, and opened up to a 20-foot by 20-foot room. Task Force agents believe it was used in collaboration with illegal activities. Officers also discovered firearms, ballistic vests, and a high capacity magazine at the West Florimond residence.
“The guns, ballistic vest, and magazine were all found in the house. I believe two guns were recovered, and that both were long guns. We are investigating the guns located and whether they are stolen. They were not registered to anybody occupying the residence,” Bradwell said. “The tunnel and chamber were empty. Based on the totality of the circumstances, we believe that was used to obfuscate certain things related to criminal activity.”
Alejandro Belmontes-Miranda, 20, of Colusa was arrested at the West Florimond Drive residence on March 8 on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, keeping a place to sell a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, child endangerment, and possession of a large capacity magazine. He was booked into Colusa County Jail, with his bail set at $115,000. Belmontes-Miranda was arraigned on March 10, where he indicated he would be obtaining his own attorney, and is due back in court to enter a plea today.
Mykel Daimian Hill, 40, and Corrina Manzano, 44, both of Colusa, were each arrested at the West Florimond residence on suspicion of possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Hill was also arrested on suspicion of child endangerment. Hill and Manzano were booked at the Colusa County Jail, with their bails set at $50,000 and $5,000, respectively. Hill was arraigned on March 10, and is due back to enter a plea today. Manzano’s arraignment is set for April 4.
On Feb. 22, the Task Force served a search warrant on the 500-block of Eighth Street in Williams, which led to the arrest of Santos Lopez Flores, 34, of Williams. Flores was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, disobeying a court order, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, child endangerment, and possession of a controlled substance for sale. He was booked into the Colusa County Jail that day, with bail set at $70,000. Flores entered a not guilty plea on March 7 and is due back for a preliminary hearing on March 28.
On Feb. 28, Task Force agents served a warrant on the 900-block of Gail Avenue, where they arrested Ana Rosa Rosas Cazares, 30, and Juan Preciado Rosas, 68, both of Arbuckle, on suspicion of possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Each had their bail set at $5,000. ■