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* San Mateo six arrested in drug bust

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A six-month undercover investigation of a drug trafficking ring in San Mateo County has resulted in six arrests, the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force announced Thursday.Task force agents made “several covert buys” through contacts employed at one medical marijuana dispensary, task force Cmdr. Lt. Marc Alcantara said.The six men in custody are from Mountain View, Redwood City and an unincorporated area of San Mateo County near Redwood City. They are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon.Charges against the men included possession of drugs – marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine – possession of firearms,and cultivation of marijuana.During the buys, which were made off the dispensary premises, agents purchased marijuana, methamphetamine and two handguns, Alcantara said.Agents seized additional drug paraphernalia after obtaining and serving search warrants for locations in unincorporated areas of the county near Redwood City and Mountain View, Alcantara said.The men arrested are Orlando Pohahau, 25, of Mountain View; Justin Ryan Sigala, 19, Mario Palafox, 22, and Brian Wes Sigala, 27, all of unincorporated San Mateo County; and Augustine Cuevas, 25, and Roberto Diaz, 26, of Redwood City.Toward the close of 2009, agents with the task force began monitoring activities at several different marijuana dispensaries in an unincorporated section of San Mateo County, Alcantara said.The investigation and arrests resulted from a collaboration between the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, the State Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, the FBI and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.The investigation into the drug trafficking network is ongoing, with agents still actively gathering and analyzing evidence.

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