A traffic stop for speeding in Hughson early Sunday led Stanislaus County sheriff’s officials to an encounter with a Delhi man who threatened a deputy and is believed to be affiliated with a “violent” drug cartel in Mexico, a department spokesman announced Thursday.
No injuries were reported in the early Sunday morning encounter, where occupants in a vehicle tried to intimidate a deputy during the traffic stop, said deputy Luke Schwartz.
Two of the occupants were arrested.
Heron Linares Reyes, 22, was arrested on suspicion of felony resisting and/or deterring an officer and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Schwartz said Reyes has since posted bail and was released with a promise to appear in court.
Schwartz said Reyes refused field sobriety tests, including a breathalyzer, to determine his suspected level of alcohol intoxication, so he was taken to a local hospital to have his blood drawn.
He said Reyes then made “very specific, direct and unequivocal threats” toward the deputy taking him to the hospital.
Reyes identified himself as a member of La Familia Michoacana, with a close association to Los Zetas drug cartel, according to sheriff’s officials.
The federal Drug Enforcement Agency explained to sheriff’s officials these organizations are known to be involved in marijuana and methamphetamine production, kidnapping, extortion and other narcotic trafficking activities.
The deputies arrested a second man, Jerardo Linares, 22, of Hughson, on suspicion of misdemeanor public intoxication and resisting arrest.
Schwartz said Linares was eventually cited and given a date to appear in court. It was unclear if Linares is also associated with the Mexican drug cartel or is related to Reyes.
Sheriff’s officials ask anyone with information about this incident to call Detective Anthony Bejaran at 567-4481 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.stancrimetips.org, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704” plus your message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.
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