Four people have been arrested by the Berkeley Police Department and each has been charged with 12 felonies. More than 300 marijuana plants were confiscated at the time the individuals were taken into custody. Two rifles, thee handguns and approximately $100,000 cash was also seized.
Each of the individuals was booked into the Santa Rita Jail. Defendant Patricia Galvan, Leonides Meja and Bruno Ortiz are being held in lieu of $510,000 bail each. Defendant Oscar Mariscal is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.
If the defendants want to be released pending trial they would either need to post cash bail at the court or jail or hire a bondsman in Berkeley. The cost to hire a bail bonds company would be 10%. None of the defendants would be eligible for no collateral bail bonds based on the size of their individual bail amounts. Payment plans may be available if there is a cosigner with good credit.
Officers say they executed a search warrant at the home of defendants Ortiz and Mariscal early last week. They soon discovered more than three kilos of cocaine, 14 ounces of marijuana, thee firearms, two assault rifles and nearly 60 marijuana plants. At least one of the guns had been reported stolen, they said.
They then searched the home of defendants Galvan and Meja. An additional 270 marijuana plants were confiscated in addition to one pound of marijuana that had been packaged for individual sale.
The defendants have reportedly been charged with felony possession and sale of cocaine, possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana for sale, the illegal cultivation of marijuana and several additional charges relating to firearms.
All four continue to remain in custody. It is unclear whether they acted as a small group or if they have ties to a larger drug sales operation. They are due to appear back in court in early February.