Eight Sacramento-area residents were arrested this week in what federal authorities described as a wide-ranging drug and gun trafficking investigation.
A federal grand jury returned indictments March 13, charging the defendants with various drug and gun trafficking offenses, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. The indictments were unsealed following the arrests of each defendant.
Those arrested are:• Andre Nicholas Amaya, 33, of Sacramento, charged with three counts of distribution of methamphetamine in Sacramento County.
• Joseph Darosa, 21, of Elk Grove, charged with five counts of distribution of methamphetamine in Sacramento County.
• Ruben Luis Vega, 27, of North Highlands, charged with two counts of distributing methamphetamine in Sacramento County.
• Antonio Reyna, 33, of Sacramento, charged with being a felon in possession of a Ruger .223-caliber rifle.
• John Greer, 31, of Carmichael, charged with unlawfully transferring a Winchester sawed-off shotgun.
• Julius White, 32, of Sacramento, charged along with Greer with unlawfully transferring a Winchester sawed-off shotgun.
• Donald Brown, 23, of Sacramento, charted with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm: a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol and a Norinco rifle.
• Benjamin Martinez, 30, of Sacramento, arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with distribution of methamphetamine.
All defendants are in custody and entered not-guilty pleas at their arraignments, according to federal authorities.
The cases are the result of a long-term investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with officers from the Sacramento Police Department; California Highway Patrol; California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of Parole and Special Service Unit; and the California Gang Intelligence Initiative.