“Operation Bloodhound” Results in Seizure of Stolen Vehicles and MarijuanaPosted on May 29, 2014
Following a four-month investigation into a vehicle-theft ring, the Automobile Theft Authority, Vehicle Theft Task Force, Mesa Police Department, and California Highway Patrol successfully served 10 search warrants in Bakersfield and Shafter, California, as well as Mesa, Arizona, on the morning of Thursday May 29, 2014.
A total of 13 stolen vehicles, valued at more than $600,000, were uncovered. Ultimately 5 arrests, including that of the suspected ringleader, were made.
One of the searches in a Mesa, Arizona, residence also led to the discovery of over 50 pounds of marijuana concealed in 10 trash bags. The street value of this find is estimated to be $45,000. Officers also located scales and a weapon inside the home.
All 5 suspects can expect to be charged with trafficking stolen property, vehicle theft, operation a criminal syndicate, and tampering with vehicle identification numbers. The resident of the Mesa, Arizona, home will also be facing charges for possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, money laundering, conspiracy, illegal conducting of an enterprise, and use of a weapon in a drug offense.