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Bulldog Gang leaders arrested in probe of sex trafficking, gun and drug sales

'Operation Alpha Dog' busts Bulldog Gang leaders in trafficking, gun and drug sales

Fresno police and multiple federal agencies Friday announced the arrest of Bulldog Gang leaders allegedly involved in human trafficking and sales of firearms and narcotics.
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Fresno police and multiple federal agencies Friday announced the arrest of Bulldog Gang leaders allegedly involved in human trafficking and sales of firearms and narcotics.

Fresno police and multiple federal agencies Friday announced the arrest of Bulldog Gang leaders allegedly involved in human trafficking and sales of firearms and narcotics in an operation dubbed “Alpha Dog” that involved extensive use of wiretaps on gang shot callers since 2016.

Dyer labeled those arrested “the scum of the earth” for trafficking in women and girls, some in their early teens. He said the operation, in which the department partnered with the FBI, DEA, ATF, Homeland Security and other agencies, “clearly demonstrates that the ‘untouchables’ are ‘touchable.’ 

Drugs were distributed and females were coerced into prostitution in areas as far ranging as New York, Iowa and Texas.

Thursday morning, officers served 13 federal and state search warrants and 25 arrest warrants. There were 32 arrests, and several gang members, including Gabriel Gomez, 26, Daniel Villanueva, 19, and Gerrick Travis Tyrell Franklin, 27, remain at large. Thirteen pounds of methamphetamine and multiple firearms, including a fully automatic machine gun, were seized.

The chief said wiretaps on gang members allowed officers to intervene to stop six gang shootings and led to the arrest of gang member Alberto Perez, 30, who bragged about shooting his target on a Fresno freeway on June 26, although the victim turned out to be an innocent party. A total of 630,000 “communication intercepts” took place during the operation.

U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert said the indictment will show guns were sold outside Fresno-area restaurants and Fashion Fair mall. Pistols had serial numbers obliterated and agents also recovered a “ghost gun,” an assault weapon created without numbers. Automobiles that were seized included a Porsche Panamera and a Mercedes AMG.

Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp emphasized that the human trafficking victims, sent to cities where they were forced to take drugs and work around the clock for pimps, often face years, or even a lifetime, recovering from their exploitation.

Federal defendants in Operation Alpha Dog

Carlos Montano, 27; Filibert Chavez, 35; Robin Gill, 31; Juan Carlos Briceno, 36; Nicholas Bolanos, 25; Amina Padilla, 34; Robert Lockhart, 52; Idelfonso Soto, 19; Carlos Melgar, 36; Jeni Fries, 23; Cisco Hernandez, 23; Miguel Murrillo, 22; Adolfo Jesus Mendoza, 23; Jesus Melgarejo Jr., 26; Cesar Gutierrez, 24.

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