Roseville police arrested seven people Wednesday believed to be involved in a drug sale and identity theft operation.
The case began on Aug. 15, when officers pulled over a car whose two occupants were suspected of drug dealing. Police found evidence of methamphetamine sales and identity theft, including stolen checks and fake ID cards, the Roseville Police Department said.
The car’s occupants, Carlos Aranda, 32, and Gilbert Cayton, 38, were arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale and identity theft.
Aranda, of Sacramento, is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail at the Placer County jail for the two charges, as well as suspicion of participating in a criminal street gang. Cayton, of Roseville, is jailed awaiting charges.
The vehicle search led investigators to the Sacramento home of one of the car’s occupants, where six additional arrests were made.
At the home, investigators found methamphetamine and additional evidence of drug dealing. Investigators also found stolen identity information belonging to roughly 100 victims, as well as forged ID cards, credit cards and materials that helped the suspects create fraudulent checks and ID cards, police said.
The seven arrested Wednesday are Monica Elisa Delacruz, 33, Marc Anthony Lucero, 30, Robert Carrasco, 51, Ladislao Carrasco, 44, and Victoria Lisa Lucero, 52, on suspicion of possessing drugs. Sabrina Sosa Padilla-Pimentel, 30, and Victoria Carrasco Lewis, 49, both of Sacramento, were held on suspicion of identity theft, participating in a criminal gang, and criminal conspiracy.
All are being held at the Placer County and Sacramento County jails, with bail ranging from $50,000 to $605,000. Lucero’s bail is still to be determined.
Four children in the home during the arrests were turned over to Child Protective Services.
Investigators continue to sort through the evidence recovered from the home and expect additional charges will be made, said Dee Dee Gunther, spokeswoman for the Police Department.