- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - A dozen people suspected of selling high-purity methamphetamine were arrested Tuesday morning during a series of raids along California’s Central Coast, the FBI said.

Five members of a family that runs one of the area’s largest drug trafficking networks were among those arrested, said Terry Wade, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles criminal division.

Federal agents, police and sheriff’s deputies seized dozens of weapons, cash and drugs that included 99 percent pure crystal methamphetamine as part of “Operation All in the Family.”

The arrests came as a 17-count indictment was unsealed in U.S. District Court alleging that members of the ring conspired to distribute drugs, sold drugs near a school and spoke in a code by phone to carry out deals in the Santa Maria area between the winter of 2013 and last year.

The purity of the meth indicates the ring has a very good source of the drug and is dealing in significant volume, Wade said. Some of the members of the group were known to take frequent trips to Mexico, which produces a lot of meth sold in the U.S.

The arrests included the alleged ringleaders: Jose Alfredo Rocha, 52, his wife, Irene, 49, and their sons, Tony Perfecto Rocha, 23, and Jose Alfredo Rocha Jr., 24, all of Nipomo.

All four are charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics, which carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to life behind bars if convicted.

The indictment spells out 74 instances of drug deals being arranged or conducted. Several of the sales were made to federal informants.

There was no phone listed for the Rochas and it was not clear if they had hired lawyers who could comment on the case.

They were scheduled for arraignment Wednesday morning in Los Angeles federal court.

One man indicted in the alleged conspiracy, Victor Speedy Gonzales, 36, of Nipomo, avoided capture and was being sought.

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