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The United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California has indicted 20 persons for heroin distribution and sales following a 10-month joint investigation with the Redlands Police Department, members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department narcotics unit and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

As part of this investigation, a total of 15 people have been taken into custody since Feb. 28, including three arrested since Friday. The investigation is continuing as police attempt to locate and take into custody the remaining suspects.

Over the course of this 10-month investigation, members of the joint Street Enforcement Team identified the 20 defendants as members of a heroin "cell," dealing more than half a kilo a week of Mexican "tar" heroin in the East Valley portions of San Bernardino County, including Redlands, Yucaipa, and Highland.

The investigation was launched in June 2011 after Redlands police noted a growing number of heroin-related arrests and overdoses in 2010 and early 2011. Since August 2010, 11 residents of Redlands and the surrounding communities between the ages of 18 and 26 have died as a result of heroin overdose.

The Task Force, which included members of the Redlands Police narcotics unit, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, special agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Assistant United States Attorneys from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California and a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Criminal Intelligence Specialist from California Department of Justice worked together to target heroin trafficking and street dealing in the area.   

According to investigators, the local organization is connected to drug suppliers in Mexico with each local cell of the organization operating as a pyramid including a local supplier, "runners" and street level dealers trafficking in heroin to local users.

The federal indictments charge 20 members of the conspiracy with violating 21 U.S.C. § 846: Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B), (b)(1)(C): Possession With Intent and Distribution of Heroin. These charges carry a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison for those members without any prior drug felonies. For those members of the conspiracy with prior drug felonies, these charges carry a maximum term of life imprisonment. 

"In this operation, federal and local resources have been seamlessly integrated in order to put heroin traffickers in the Inland Empire out of business," said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr., whose office is handling the prosecution of the case. “We want the public in San Bernardino County to know that the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration are committed to working with our local partners, at both the city and county level, to dismantle the criminal organizations that threaten their well-being and to insure their safety.”    

The individuals named in the federal indictment are: Salvador Gonzalez-Chavez, age 29, Fontana; Jose Perez Hernandez, age 27, San Bernardino; John James Flores, age 63, Redlands; Victor Hugo Padron Mendez, age 35, Rialto; Luz Maria Medina-Nieves, age 29, Fontana; Jimmy Nieves, age 27, Fontana; Luz Myriam Nieves-Cruz, age 49, Fontana; Angela Aragonez, age 45, Redlands; Peter Francisco Flores, age 29, Redlands; Daniel Martinez, age 57, Redlands; Steven Kelly Olalia,  age 37, Redlands; Fabian Jose-Maria Villanueva, age 27, San  Bernardino; Alvaro Medina, age 20, Pomona; Mario Sandoval, age 27, Pomona; Lupe Hidalgo-Martinez, age 49, Fontana; Nereida Cynthia Puente, age 41, Hesperia; Fernando Salazar, age 42, El Centro; Roberto Gutierrez, age 57, Cypress; David Reyes-Sandoval, age 52, Redlands; and Irene Arvizu, age 56, San Bernardino.

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Today

  1. Summer Reading Program #6
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, July 29th
    • End time: 02:00pm
    • "The Bubble Chef" will be our guest today in the Contemporary Club as she 'cooks' up some scientific concoctions on stage. Come prepared to be wowed!

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  2. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, July 29th
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

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Tomorrow

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, July 30th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

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  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, July 30th
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Thursday, July 31st

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, July 31st
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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  2. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, July 31st
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

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Friday, August 1st

  1. City Hall Closed
    • Extended service hours are offered in order for the public to conduct City business before and after traditional business hours. City staff is available 9 hours a day to serve you. City Hall offices are closed every other Friday.

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Saturday, August 2nd

  1. Celebration of Healthy Living - Saturday Morning Farmers' Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, August 2nd
    • End time: 12:00pm
    • To kick off the City's new SNAP/EBT electronic benefits capability at the Saturday Morning Farmers' Market and as part of the City’s Healthy Redlands initiative, the City of Redlands is sponsoring a Celebration of Healthy Living at the Saturday Morning Farmers' Market in Ed Hales Park from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2.

      This free event will include composting with worms, gardening and water conservation demonstrations; cooking demonstrations; information on healthy nutrition, physical activity, and health care programs; as well as free face-painting for kids, games and prizes. The Saturday Farmers' Market is located in the City parking lot adjacent to Ed Hales Park south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets.

      Presentations on the stage at Ed Hales Park will include:

      Zumba Fitness for Adults at 8:45 a.m.
      Zumba Fitness for Youth at 9:30 a.m.
      Tai Chi at 10:15 a.m.
      Tumbling for Fun at 11 a.m.

      Free shuttle service will be available every 30 minutes from the Redlands Community Center at 111 W. Lugonia Ave. to the Farmers Market.

      Additional participants and presenters include:

      The Cooking Block - Cooking Classes and C.E.N.T.E.R. Management Program
      UCCE Master Gardener Demonstrations - Container Herb Gardening and Vermi-composting (composting with worms!)
      San Bernardino Master Food Preservers
      Molina Health Care - Managing Your Health Care Needs
      YMCA of the East Valley - Youth Development and Healthy Living Programs
      Redlands Community Hospital - Health Education Programs
      Building A Generation - Family Resource Center
      Social Action Community Health Services - Low Cost Health Care Programs
      IEHP - Super Hero Nutricia Fighting Childhood Obesity!
      County of San Bernardino - Children & Family Services Programs
      City of Redlands - Water Efficient Gardening
      County of San Bernardino - Nutrition Programs
      County of San Bernardino - Transitional Assistance Department-SNAP/EBT
      City of Redlands - Saturday Morning Farmers’ Market
      County of San Bernardino - Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

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  2. Household Hazardous Waste Collection site
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, August 2nd
    • End time: 12:30pm
    • During operating hours, residents can dispose of household materials including, outdated prescription medication (with the exception of controlled substances), outdated pet prescription medication, paint products, chemical cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, hobby/pool supplies, automotive oil, filters, brake fluid, transmission fluid, anti-freeze, gasoline, and propane tanks.

      The site does not accept business waste, radioactive wastes, medical waste, explosives, reactives, or asbestos.

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  3. Spanish Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Saturday, August 2nd
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room and enjoy stories and songs in Spanish!

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Monday, August 4th

  1. Environmental Review Committee
  2. Tango classes
    • Start time: 06:45pm
    • End date: Monday, August 4th
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Tango Classes to begin at the Redlands Community Center

      Come and enjoy tango lessons in a comfortable and fun setting. Tango lessons will be taught on Mondays beginning Aug. 4 through Aug. 25. Class runs from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Registration fee is $8 per person; partners are not required.

      Space is limited, so sign up today at the Redlands Community Center or online at www.cityofredlands.org/recreation/classes. For more information, please call Joe Sidor at (909) 792-6076.

      All classes are held at the Redlands Community Center multipurpose room. The Redlands Community Center is located at 111 W. Lugonia Ave. For more information, please call the Redlands Community Center at (909) 798-7572.

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Tuesday, August 5th

  1. Summer Reading Program #7
    • Start time: 01:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 02:00pm
    • Our final act of the summer will be One World, One Rhythm. Join us in the Contemporary Club for a musical adventure with these great musicians.

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  2. Summer Reading Program Finale
    • Start time: 02:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 03:00pm
    • The In-N-Out Food Truck will be here for our Grand Finale to serve lunch to all of our Summer Reading participants. This will be a first come, first serve event. There will be a grilled cheese sandwich option for those who are vegetarians.

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  3. City Council Closed Session Meeting
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 06:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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  4. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

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  5. City Council Meeting
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, August 5th
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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Wednesday, August 6th

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, August 6th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

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  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, August 6th
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Thursday, August 7th

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, August 7th
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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