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Multiple men arrested in narcotics investigation

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Posted at 8:37 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 00:42:34-04

Multiple men were arrested for narcotics and weapons charges in a narcotics investigation by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

On July 30 and 31, officers and partner agencies investigated illegal cannabis sites in northern San Luis Obispo County where about 5,000 plants were confiscated, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

They were located near Parkhill Road and Huer Huero Road. Police said evidence at the scenes indicated the growth may be part of a Mexican National cultivation operation.

The following men were arrested:

-Carlos Martinez Espinoza, 35, from Delano, CA
-Antonio Mendoza Alvarado, 26, from Delano, CA
-Hector Fernando Zepeda Miranda, 36, from Santa Maria, CA
-Jaime Rivera Mercado, 44, from Stockton, CA
-Benjamin Rivera Mercado, 42, from Lodi, CA

Officials also said five weapons were seized at the scene.

Also, because of the zero-bail policy, officials said all people arrested were released back into the community within eight hours of being booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail.