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Two women were arrested Thursday on alleged drug possession charges as part of an investigation of a long-term methamphetamine distribution operation, a Santa Rosa police sergeant said. Narcotics detectives got warrants to search several locations Thursday morning as part of the investigation, Sgt. Mike Tosti said.
The SWAT team participated in the searches based on information the locations were fortified and persons inside might be armed, Tosti said. A marijuana growing operation containing 50 mature plants was found on Ashwood Drive in the Roseland area of Santa Rosa, Tosti said. Detectives also found evidence indicative of a large methamphetamine operation and more than a half-pound of crystal methamphetamine, Tosti said.
Police arrested Marilou Chavez, 44, and Kimberly Chavez, 48, both of Santa Rosa, on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and possession for sales of marijuana, Tosti said. Marilou Chavez also was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, Tosti said. The investigation is ongoing and several other co-conspirators are at large, Tosti said.
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