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* Napa and Sonoma County narcotics investigators arrested five people

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Napa and Sonoma County narcotics investigators arrested five people on drug charges and recovered more than 80 pounds of processed marijuana during searches in both counties Wednesday. The arrests capped a month-long undercover investigation by the Napa Special Investigations Bureau.

Victor Almonte, 32, of Santa Rosa, was arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine to an undercover agent at an Arco gas station in Calistoga Wednesday evening. He also was arrested for possession of cocaine for sales, selling cocaine, and conspiracy, Napa Special Investigations Bureau Sgt. Oscar Ortiz said.

Napa County narcotics agents then searched a residence in the 2400 block of Flagstone Drive in Napa where 296 marijuana plants were growing, Ortiz said. The growers, two Windsor brothers, were using lamps and bypassed a PG&E meter to grow the pot, Ortiz said.

At a residence at 9500 Kristine Way in Windsor, narcotics agents arrested Jose Luis Valdovinos Paramo, 33, and Gonzalo Valdovinos Paramo, 25, for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and theft of utilities over $400 at the Napa house. Jose also was arrested for sale of a controlled substance, sale of cocaine and conspiracy.

Narcotics investigators found more than 80 pounds of processed marijuana, a couple grams of methamphetamine and $56,000 in U.S. currency at the Windsor home, Ortiz said. At a mobile home on Evergreen Avenue in Windsor, narcotics investigators found four pounds of marijuana and arrested a third brother, Victor Valdovinos Paramo, 35, for possession of marijuana for sale, Ortiz said.

The mobile home was associated with all three Valdovinos Paramo brothers, Ortiz said. Leticia Cuevas, 25, of Windsor, was arrested during a vehicle stop for possession of marijuana for sale and possession of two grams of methamphetamine, Ortiz said. She was booked into Sonoma County Jail.

The three Valdovinos Paramo brothers were booked into Napa County Jail on suspicion of charges related to the Flagstone Drive grow, Ortiz said. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office’s detective bureau and SWAT team, the Napa Police Department’s SWAT team, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office’s narcotics investigators and the Calistoga Police Department also participated in the arrests.

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