Official: 13 gang members arrested during “Operation Disrupt” in north Monterey County

Three-day operation a response to violent crime in north county

BY KIMBER SOLANA • TheCalifornian.com • June 29, 2009

Twelve street gang members are in jail and another is in juvenile hall today following a three-day blitz by local law enforcement meant to curb violence in north Monterey County, authorities said.

The multi-agency effort was called “Operation Disrupt,” a response to an increase in violent crime in north Monterey County. Its goal was to disrupt and impact criminal activities, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“Operations like these keep [gangs] on their toes,” Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Hoskins said. “It lets them know we’re out there and we’re paying attention.”

From Thursday to Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office, along with the Monterey County Joint Gang Task Force, California Highway Patrol, Monterey County Probation Department and the California Department of Corrections Special Services Unit increased parole and probation compliance checks in the area.

As a result, 12 adults and one juvenile were arrested on suspicion of various felony offenses including possession of stolen property, possession of narcotics, possession of ammunition, attempted murder and parole and probation violations.

Of those arrested, six were from Castroville: Miguel Vargas, 32; Silvia Navarro, 27; Hector Marlow, 37; Francisco Torres, 25; Anthony Garcia, 29 and Alex Alejo, 20.

Navarro, Hoskins said, had a $1 million arrest warrant outstanding for firearms, gang and narcotic charges.

The others arrested were: Juan Lopez, 33, of Royal Oaks; Adam Ramirez, 40, of Royal Oaks; Miguel Cosio, 27, of Pajaro; Pedro Magana, 22, of Las Lomas; Daniel Mora, 28, of Bolsa Knolls; and Joseph Cienega, 23, of Boronda.

All of the adults are in jail without a set bail. The 17-year-old from Prunedale is in juvenile hall.

Press conference

The operation came two days after Sheriff Mike Kanalakis and community leaders spoke at a press conference outside the Andy Ausonio Library in Castroville pleading for the community’s help in the wake of three gang-motivated shootings in the town in the past two weeks.

On June 8, 24-year-old Manuel Patrick Busane was fatally shot in the 300 block of McDougall Street. About a week later, another man was shot multiple times at Castro and Woods streets.

Last week, a man who was shot refused to cooperate with police after another man on a bicycle fired rounds at his pickup at 10241 Pomber St.

Officials said Operation Disrupt will continue to be used by the Sheriff’s Office in the future.

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1 Comment for “Official: 13 gang members arrested during “Operation Disrupt” in north Monterey County”

  1. Ed Medeiros

    Aloha,

    After reading your article I’m a little worried about my son 19, going to live with his Mom for a while in Monterey

    Are there certain areas to keep clear of where gangs are present?

    A concerned Dad,

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