VIDEO: Over 75 arrested in massive Bay Area illegal weapons, drug bust

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Over 75 people were arrested in a massive Bay Area illegal weapons and drug bust, authorities announced on Thursday.

The two-year investigation, with the involvement of multiple law enforcement agencies, in “Operation Cold Day” ended with arrests for state and federal crimes.

“This week we took a key preemptive step in our battle against violent crime,” U.S. Attorney Stretch said. “By pooling the resources of the federal government with those of our state and local law enforcement partners, scores of weapons that we allege were illegally possessed and sold now have been taken off the streets. We commend and thank all of our law enforcement partners who have risked their safety to bring this phase of the operation to a successful conclusion.”

Forty-two people were arrested on federal charges, along with dozens charged in state court.

“It is our duty to make this community a safer place for you and your families,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Snyder said. “The safety of the public is at the core of ATF’s mission and we stand at the frontline eradicating violent crime from our streets. One firearm in the hands of a gang member or prohibited person is one firearm too many. It only takes one round from one gun to end a life. Today ATF and our partners stand here united and proud to serve our communities. Through everyone’s hard work and dedication this operation has been a true success. These are also our neighborhoods and today the greater San Francisco area is a safer place.”

Those arrested were charged in mostly separate indictments, officials said.

“Gun violence has negatively impacted the lives of far too many people in San Francisco,” SFPD Chief Scott said. “This type of violence is more likely to happen when guns are in the hands of individuals willing to obtain and/or use them illegally. This interagency collaboration and the resulting arrests goes a long way to towards addressing gun violence by removing from our streets firearms and those willing to obtain them illegally and potentially use them.”

The alleged crimes included:

  • Possessing illegal firearms (such as firearms with obliterated serial numbers), in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(k);
  • Engaging in the unlicensed dealing in firearms, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)(A);
  • Distributing and possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B)(viii);
  • Being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1); and
  • Participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine base, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846.

“Law enforcement is at its best when we all come together to enhance public safety,” District Attorney Gascón said. “My office’s Crime Strategies Unit is always looking for creative ways to work with our law enforcement partners to make our jurisdictions safer together.”

The following agencies were involved: ATF; the California Highway Patrol; and the police departments of San Francisco, Redwood City, San Bruno, and Daly City; and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

OPERATION COLD DAY FEDERAL DEFENDANTS

 

Defendant Case Number(s) Charges
MARIO ALVARADO CR 17-336 WHA 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)

HARRINGTON AMADOR CR 17-361 WHA 21 U.S.C. § 841
AISHAH BUENAVENTURA CR 17-395 CRB

CR 17-402 CRB

CR 17-401 RS

21 U.S.C. § 841  (four counts)

21 U.S.C. § 846 (two counts)

18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)

PAUL BIDINGER CR 17-391 EMC 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

ALLELEA CABILES CR 17-404 SI 21 U.S.C. § 841  (two counts)

21 U.S.C. § 846

RYAN COSINO CR 17-402 CRB 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

VICENTE CRUZ CR 17-356 EMC 21 U.S.C. § 841  (two counts)

21 U.S.C. § 846

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)

DAVID DAYAN CR 17-372 MMC 21 U.S.C. § 841
NELSON DECUIRE

 

CR 17-395 CRB

CR 17-391 EMC

CR 17-393 WHA

21 U.S.C. § 841  (three counts)

21 U.S.C. § 846 (three counts)

JOEL DOMINGUEZ CR 17-0375 JST 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

ARMANDO ESPARZA CR 17-381 VC 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

JEAN FAALATAINA CR 17-373 CRB 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

CENTURY FAATAUI CR 16-303 CRB 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)
SHANE DYLAN FABRIS CR 17-386 CRB 21 U.S.C. § 841 (two counts)

21 U.S.C. § 846

KRISTIAN SANTOS FIEL CR 17-335 VC 21 U.S.C. § 841 (two counts)
CHRISTINE FLORES CR 17-398 WHO 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

KRYSTAL FLORES CR 17-373 CRB 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

RODRICK FORD CR 17-377 VC 21 U.S.C. § 841

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) (three counts)

26 U.S.C. § 5861(d)

CARLITA FOWLER CR 17-412 VC 21 U.S.C. § 841  (three counts)

21 U.S.C. § 846

LORENZO GAINES CR 17-371 CRB 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) (two counts)
ALBERTO GARCIA CR 17-353 CRB 18 U.S.C. § 922(k)
MONICA GARCIA CR 17-411 WHO 21 U.S.C. § 841
LAWRENCE GILBERT CR 17-265 CRB 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)
ROBERT GUEVARA CR 17-378 RS 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

LILLIAN HOVAN CR 17-378 RS 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

ETEVATI LEVI CR 17-356 EMC 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

ANGELITO MALLARI

 

CR 17-403 WHO

CR 17-404 SI

21 U.S.C. § 841  (five counts)

21 U.S.C. § 846  (two counts)

JENNIFER MCPIKE CR 17-389 RS 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

ALICIA MORALES CR 17-398 WHO 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

CARLOS ORELLANA CR 17-396 SI 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) (two counts)
BRIAN PEREZ

 

CR 17-383 SI

CR 17-386 CRB

18 U.S.C. § 371

18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) (two counts)

21 U.S.C. § 841  (two counts)

21 U.S.C. § 846

CARL PITTS CR 17-412 VC 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

JOSE ALEJANDRO VASQUEZ ROBLEDO CR 17-381 VC 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

LUIS ROMERO CR 17-336 WHA 21 U.S.C. § 841

21 U.S.C. § 846

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5)

JAVIER ROSALES CR 17-376 SI 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d)
EFRAIN SANTAMARIA CR 17-389 RS 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)
DANIELLE SIMRIL CR 17-382 CRB 21 U.S.C. § 841 (two counts)
KERMIT TANNER

 

CR 17-383 SI

CR 17-347 VC

18 U.S.C. § 371

18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) (three counts)

21 U.S.C. § 841 (two counts)

SANDY TUIMAVAVE CR 15-593 TEH 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)
BRIAN VANDERCOURT CR 16-121 WHO 21 U.S.C. § 841 (two counts)
DONNIE YINGLING CR 17-388 SI 18 U.S.C. § 371

18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)(A)

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) (two counts)

21 U.S.C. § 841

IVAN ZARICH CR 16-358 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)

18 U.S.C. § 111(b)

 

The statutes referenced above correlate to the following alleged offenses:

18 U.S.C. § 371- Conspiracy to deal in firearms without a license

18 U.S.C. § 111(b)- Assault on a federal officer

18 U.S.C. § 922(a)- Dealing in firearms without a license

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)- Felon in possession of a firearm

18 U.S.C. § 922(k)- Possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number

21 U.S.C. § 841- Distribution and/or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance

21 U.S.C. § 846- Conspiracy to distribute and/or possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance

26 U.S.C. § 5861(d)- Possession of an unregistered firearm

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