Weapons, drugs, suspects seized in sting operation conducted by LEAD cops

Six men from the Sunnyside and Grandview areas were this past Wednesday arrested on pending weapons and drug charges.

Members of the LEAD Task Force served search warrants at a residence near Grandview and three Sunnyside locations.

After a lengthy drug investigation by members of the task force, during which they said methamphetamine was purchased at the homes, authorities were able to seize seven weapons, eight ounces of methamphetamine and other contraband located in the homes and several vehicles.

LEAD Task Force Sgt. Orest Wilson said, "One vehicle had a hidden compartment the approximate width and height of a seat and the depth of a shoebox."

He said there is still at least one more vehicle for which a search warrant will be served.

The Sunnyside homes targeted during the sting operation included residences at 650 Murray Road and 1211-B South 13th Street. The residence near Grandview is located at 1200-B Waneta Road. A third Sunnyside address could not be disclosed.

The suspects, identified as Romando DelaCruz, Rodolfo Farias-Onozlo, Mario Martinez-Garcia, Ignacio Cardenas-Garcia, Miguel Estrada-Ruiz and Landro Cuevas, were all booked into the Yakima County Jail.

Wilson said five of the suspects are also under investigation for being in the U.S. without documentation.

Wednesday's sting is part of an ongoing investigation and Wilson said he anticipates future action related to the case.


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