October 15, 2020CONTACT:
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34 Arrested in Operation Criptonyte
Stockton - Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced the arrest of 34 individuals involved in organized criminal street gangs and subsequent criminal activity. In June 2020, the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office in partnership with the Stockton Police Department and the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ)/California Highway Patrol (CHP) Special Operations Unit (SOU) began an investigation into the criminal activities of the Asian Boyz, Muddy Boyz Crips, Lil Ruthless Criminals Comstocc Crips, Loctown Crips, and Asian Crip criminal street gangs in the City of Stockton.
This investigation came about due to an increase in gun violence across the nation and here locally involving documented members of these allied groups between 2018-2020. These groups were working together to benefit their organized criminal street gangs and attack rival gang members.
As a result of the investigation, fifty-five (55) search warrants were issued and thirty-four (34) individuals were arrested related to various criminal violations. In all, investigators recovered thirty-eight (38) illegal firearms; seized approximately $40,000 in U.S. Currency; and confiscated approximately 1 lb. of suspected cocaine, 5 lbs. of suspected methamphetamines, approximately 1,300 pills of suspected ecstasy, and a large amount of marijuana packaged for sale. The investigation continues and additional arrests are anticipated.
Highlight arrests: a few of the 34
- Lawrence Carolino (19 yrs. old), Amanda Arcaina (20 yrs. old), Larissa Constancio-Galvez (21 yrs. old) were arrested for their roles in an April 2020 gang shooting, where one of the intended victims was struck by gunfire. Carolino was arrested for another gang shooting which occurred in February 2020 and Ms. Arcaina was arrested for Possession for sales of controlled substances.
- Rayniko Flores (21 yrs. old), Michelle Tahod (41 yrs. old) and Jerry Flores (70 yrs. old) were arrested for their roles in EDD Fraud and the Identity Theft of numerous victims. Rayniko was also arrested for his role in the illegal transfer of a firearm, sales of narcotics, and gang enhancements.
- Two males from Arizona were both arrested for their roles in a conspiracy to illegally import firearms into California and into San Joaquin County. They were both arrested in Morgan Hill, Ca as they exited their vehicle. During a search of their vehicle, offices recovered twenty-one (21) firearms, including several that had been converted into automatic weapons.
- The remaining individuals were arrested for illegal transfer of a firearms, possession of firearms, illegal possession of assault weapons, marijuana sales, the sales of controlled substances, possession of firearms by convicted felons, and gang enhancement violations
The Office of the District Attorney would like to thank the Stockton Police Department, the California Department of Justice (Special Operations Unit), the California Highway Patrol, the Manteca Police Department, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, the Sacramento Police Department, the Modesto Police Department, the San Joaquin County AB109 Task Force, the Morgan Hill Police Department, the Long Beach Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, the Mesa (AZ) Police Department, and the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office for their partnership, cooperation, and assistance in this investigation.
"This is a prime example of how a unified partnership among law enforcement agencies-state, local and federal-working in conjunction with the District Attorney's Office can ensure public safety," said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. "Together, we create a safer and stronger San Joaquin County through solving crimes that have already occurred, disrupting current criminal activity, and preventing future bad acts by those determined to commit them in and against our community."