Several members of an alleged crime family were arrested by a Ventura County narcotics task force on suspicion of supplying the county with heroin.
Police said the arrest of a single dealer in Ojai in May led them to Jose Gonzalez-Chaidez, known leader of the Gonzalez- Chaidez family, a Los Angelesbased syndicate with ties to a Mexican drug cartel.
Gonzalez-Chaidez, 57, was arrested in August along with Eliseo Gonzalez, 55, of Palmdale; Abraham Chaidez, 57; and Jose Rodriguez, 18, all of Los Angeles.
Police say Abraham Chaidez and Jose Gonzalez-Chaidez supplied the heroin from Mexico to Eliseo Gonzalez and Jose Rodriguez, who then sold it to Ventura County dealers like Harold Mory, 58, of Oak View.
It was Mory’s arrest in Ojai that triggered the four-month long investigation, police said.
In addition to supplying street-level dealers in Ventura County, the family also operated a service that brought heroin to users’ front doors, according to a press release issued by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. After acquiring search warrants, law enforcement officials raided several homes in Los Angeles County on Aug. 10.
Almost 10 pounds of the deadly drug were confiscated.
Gonzalez-Chaidez, who told authorities he worked as a gardener, has pleaded not guilty. He remains in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail. The Mexico native is due in court Sept. 19.