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Police identify suspects in Modesto pot bust

Gang and narcotics investigators on Tuesday arrested seven people after they found them at a south Modesto home with 23 pounds of marijuana, thousands in cash and several guns, including a loaded AK-47 assault rifle, a police spokesman said today.

The Modesto police investigators arrested Cirilo Alvarez, 32, of Modesto who is suspected to be the leader of the marijuana distribution ring, said police Sgt. Rick Armendariz.

Alvarez was arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation, possession of cocaine for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a loaded firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and criminal conspiracy.

Along with the 23 pounds of processed marijuana, the investigators seized 100 mature marijuana plants, $13,000 cash and the guns.

The six other Modesto residents arrested were:

— Maricela Morales, 30, was arrested on suspicion or marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale and criminal conspiracy.

— Fernando Garcia, 22, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale and criminal conspiracy.

— Jose Delgado, 27, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale and criminal conspiracy.

— Candido Alvarez, 25, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale and criminal conspiracy.

— Anthony Jeter, 19, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sales and criminal conspiracy.

— Rene Aguilar, 32, was arrested suspicion of marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, criminal conspiracy and possession of an assault rifle.

About 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Modesto police Gang Unit and Modesto Narcotic Enforcement Team served a search warrant at the home in the 1800 block of Eureka Street, a few blocks west of Crows Landing Road.

Armendariz said the search warrant stemmed from an ongoing investigation into drug sales and gang activity in the area.

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