Police: Tip leads to arrest of 5 involved in drug trafficking out of Modesto auto shop

Bee Staff ReportsMay 23, 2014 

Five people were arrested Thursday for their alleged involvement in a drug-trafficking ring run out of a south Modesto transmission shop, police said.

The investigation, spurred by an anonymous tip, led to the seizure of 2 pounds of methamphetamine, $56,000 in cash, a stolen firearm and an undisclosed amount of cocaine and marijuana, according to Heather Graves, spokeswoman for the Modesto Police Department.

Taken into custody were Abel Isais Cuevas, 33, of Modesto; Alejandro Arenas, 45, of Turlock; Jorge Jasso, 47, of Modesto; Daniel Kee, 58, of Modesto; and Adan Cabrera, 31, of Ceres.

They were booked at Stanislaus County jail on charges including distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine and conspiracy.

Graves said law enforcement received a tip that drugs were being sold out of a Paradise Road business.

An investigation by agents from the Stanislaus County Drug Enforcement Agency and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration followed, leading agents to serve six search warrants in Modesto, Ceres and Turlock, Graves said.

One of them was at Bob’s Transmission at 917 Paradise, where investigators, led by Sgt. Jason Grogan of the Modesto Police Department, say drug trafficking was taking place.

Lt. Clint Raymer, commander of the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency, said SDEA and DEA are part of the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative, which focuses on apprehending high-level narcotic traffickers dealing in large quantities of illegal drugs.

“These types of narcotic traffickers serve as the suppliers to many street-level drug dealers, which are quite often linked to local gangs,” Raymer said. “SDEA and DEA will continue to focus on dismantling these drug trade organizations that exist in our community.”

Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters may also text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637. Type TIP704 along with the message.

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