MCVSU Arrests

Over the course of the past 3 months, Monterey County Violence Suppression Unit (MCVSU) agents investigated a “ring” of suspects that were allegedly illegally transporting female immigrants to the United States from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico and other Central American countries. These female immigrants were reported being illegally transported to the United States by “coyotes”. It was reported these victim females were forced to perform sex acts on others to pay off their debt. The females would perform the acts and the male subjects, (coyotes) would seize the money from the “customers”.

On 11-10-2015, this three month investigation culminated in a multi-location, multi-agency search warrant. The search warrants were served in the cities of King, Greenfield and Gilroy, CA. During the service of the search warrant, at least three female immigrants were discovered to be exchanging sexual favors for U.S. currency. Men at the locations, (pimps) were collecting the currency and would keep half of the profits.

Additional addresses where the suspect(s) resided and a storage locker were searched. Evidence of the prostitution and pimping was located. The two primary co-conspirators in this case were also selling counterfeit digital video discs, (DVD’s) as an additional source of income.

Approximately 15,000 counterfeit DVD’s worth almost $60,000.00 were located and seized. In addition, firearms illegally possessed by a juvenile Sureno gang member on felony probation and firearms located within reach of other juvenile children were seized. In total, thousands of “pirated” DVD’s, thousands of dollars of U.S. currency, evidence of prostitution, maintaining a house for prostitution and pimping and pandering were discovered and investigated. Several of these subjects were arrested and the investigation will be submitted to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Violence Suppression Unit, (MCVSU) is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, California State Highway Patrol, California State Parole and police departments from the cities of Gonzales and Soledad, CA.

The MCVSU would like to give special thanks to members of the California Department of Justice’s, United Narcotics Enforcement Team, (UNET) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI) for their assistance in this case.

If you have any information on criminal activity occurring anywhere in the south Monterey County area please contact MCVSU, Sgt Brian Pickens at (408)422-5197 or Deputy Nicolas Kennedy at (805)391-1162.

Any and all information provided will remain confidential.

Refer: Commander M. Luther
Station: Investigations Division
Phone No. (831) 755-3772