Gang Members Arrested, Drugs & Guns Seized
San Antonio, TX – The San Antonio Police Department Gang Unit (SAPD) and the United States Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) concluded a 60 day operation known as “Operation Hog Trap” earlier this month. “Operation Hog Trap” was an initiative developed to reduce violent gang crime in the San Antonio area in a systematic and sustained manner. This operation’s primary focus was to disrupt the criminal operation of the Bandido Motorcycle Club and other violent gangs in San Antonio. The SAPD and LSFTF, with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), utilized the strength of each agency’s enforcement techniques and statutory authority to reduce gang violence by arresting violent fugitives and criminal offenders who sold drugs and were known to illegally possess firearms in the city. “Operation Hog Trap” was a continued effort that proved to be successful similar to “Operation Triple Beam Orejon”, which took place in October of 2011 and “Operation Triple Beam Alliance” which took place from January to May of 2012. The collaboration of the SAPD spearheading the drug and firearm investigations along with the LSFTF spearheading the violent fugitive cases, resulted in 258 arrests to include 14 violent fugitives, 45 firearms seized, over $254,000 in drugs seized to include marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin, and over $82,000 in currency seized.
Jorge Rivera, 37, and Jennifer Flores, 35, were arrested without incident as a result of a search warrant that was executed at their residence. During the search of the residence, officers seized 6 high-powered rifles, 1 semi-automatic pistol, and over 500 grams of cocaine. Rivera and Flores were both arrested and charged on allegations involving conspiracy with the intent to distribute cocaine. Rivera was later identified as the Northwest Chapter president of the Bandido Motorcycle Club in San Antonio and Flores was identified as an associate.
Jesse Gutierrez, 24, was arrested at his residence in San Antonio without incident on felony warrants for allegations involving possession with the intent to distribute 250 grams of methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm. Officers also seized 4 grams of marijuana from the residence. Gutierrez was later identified as a member of the Tango Orejon gang and an associate of the Bandido Motorcycle Club in San Antonio.
Ismael Caracheo, 25, was arrested without incident on a felony warrant for an allegation involving possession with the intent to distribute heroin. Caracheo was later identified as a member of the Tango Orejon gang in San Antonio.
Alfred Finamore, 29, and Christopher Rodarte, 31 were arrested without incident while an alleged drug deal was taking place in the parking lot of a shopping center. During a search incident to arrest, officers seized 110 grams of heroin and $645.00 in currency. Finamore and Rodarte were both arrested and charged on allegations involving possession with the intent to deliver 4-200 grams of methamphetamine. Finamore and Rodarte were later identified as members of the Tango Orejon gang in San Antonio.
James Dean Gonzales, 55, was arrested without incident as a result of a search warrant that was executed at his residence. During the search of the residence, officers seized over 600 grams of methamphetamine and $7000.00 in currency. Gonzales was arrested and charged on allegations involving conspiracy with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Gonzales was later identified as one of the main suppliers of illegal drugs to the Bandido Motorcycle Club chapters in San Antonio.