38 arrests following drug trafficking bust in Madera County


Juan Jimenez is accused of running a drug trafficking ring with help from his wife, Maria Hidalgo, and son, Alexis “Nessy” Jimenez.

LA VINA, California. (KSEE/KGPE) – Dozens of people were arrested following a months-long drug trafficking operation in La Vina, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.

In July of 2020, the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team began looking into a drug trafficking ring that was reportedly led by Juan Jimenez with help from his wife, Maria Hidalgo, and son, Alexis “Nessy” Jimenez.

The Sheriff’s Office says the ring was operating mostly in the La Vina community of Madera County with meth Jimenez was getting from Mexico.

During the course of the investigation, detectives say they learned Jimenez was also acquiring and distributing meth, heroin, and cocaine throughout several places within California.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office says 38 people were arrested during Operation Crystal Vine.

Detectives also reportedly learned that Juan used various gang members to help him sell guns and drugs throughout Madera County.

Authorities say nearly a dozen traffic stops were performed during the operation, leading to the seizure of over 18 pounds of meth, over 60 grams of cocaine, 3.7 pounds of heroin, nearly 25 pounds of marijuana, 64 grams of concentrated cannabis, and 3,400 fentanyl pills.

14 firearms were also said to have been recovered during the operation.

Those arrested during Operation Crystal Vine include:

  • Petra Teresa Anaya, 32, Chowchilla
  • Ralissa Janelle Huizar, 28, Madera
  • Ramon Loza Chavez, 36 Madera
  • John Anthony Chavarria, 33, Madera
  • Jose Manuel Sanchez, 39, Madera
  • Jose Manzano, 40, Madera
  • Rodrigo Delfonso Martinez, 29, Madera
  • Alejandro Gomez Frias, 26, Fresno
  • Oscar Tista-Herrera, 27, Madera
  • Oscar Arredondo, 39, Sanger
  • Francisco Camarillo, 29, Madera
  • Juan Jimenez, 47, Madera
  • Simon Garcia, 62, Madera
  • Eulises Romero Soto, 29, Madera
  • Aaron Matthew Campos, 40, Paso Robles
  • Rafael Nunez, 26, Le Grand
  • Oscar Aguayo, 30, Madera
  • Michael Jimenez, 32, Chowchilla
  • Issa Lidia Silva, 21, San Bernadino
  • Higinio Montes, 24, Calexico
  • Bartolo Salinas, 46, Madera
  • Paula Ramirez, 35, Fresno
  • Suzanne Marie Barajas, 34, Madera
  • Ruben Frias, 57, Fresno
  • Alexis Jimenez, 24, Madera
  • Maria Hidalgo, 48, Madera
  • Mario Hernandez Ortega, 54, Madera

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July 23 2021 05:30 pm

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