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Four men arrested in El Dorado County gang sweep

Charles Sinclair
Charles Sinclair Booking photo, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

Four people were arrested earlier this week during a gang sweep conducted by the El Dorado Gang Enforcement Detail.

During the sweep, carried out on Monday, gang members were contacted by members of the detail. Participating in the operation were members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, El Droado County Probation Department, El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office and the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Charles Sinclair, 42, was taken into custody about 1 p.m.after officers served and arrest warrant at his apartment off Schnell School Road in the Placerville area. At the residence, several BB guns were recovered. All had been modified to look like real firearms, sheriff’s officials said.

Fabio Soto, 30, was contacted by officers about 3:30 p.m. at his resident in the 4700 block of Patterson Drive in Diamond Springs. Illegal drugs were found during a search, officials said, and Solor was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics for sale and felonious criminal conduct by a gang member.

Jessie Mercado, 33, was contacted by officers about 4 p.m. in his room in an apartment complex in the 300 block of Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics and paraphernalia.

The fourth arrest occurred about 7:55 p.m. when officers sought to serve an arrest warrant on 35-year-old Dana Franklin at a residence in the 3000 block of Omo Ranch Road in Mount Aukum. When they arrived, Franklin ran from a barn, officials said. Deputies tracked Franklin to a neighbor’s storage unit and found him inside. He was taken into custody without incident.

All four men were booked into El Dorado County Jail.