School re­port leads to dis­cov­ery of mar­i­juana pro­cess­ing op­er­a­tion

The Modesto Bee - - Local - BY ERIN TRACY etracy@mod­bee.com

Ten Modesto chil­dren were taken into the cus­tody of Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices after one of them showed up at school smelling of mar­i­juana on Mon­day, au­thor­i­ties said.

An ad­min­is­tra­tor at an undis­closed school re­quested a se­cu­rity check at the 12-year-old girl’s home on Panama Drive in west Modesto, said Modesto Po­lice De­part­ment spokes­woman Sharon Bear.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived they found a large mar­i­juana pro­cess­ing op­er­a­tion with hun­dreds of pounds of mar­i­juana and 10 chil­dren, rang­ing in age from 2 months to 17 years old.

Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices was called to the home to take cus­tody of the chil­dren and the Stanis­laus County Drug En­force­ment Agency seized the mar­i­juana and as­sisted with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Alma Ro­cio Ran­gelZamora, 35, and Maria Dominguez Var­gas, 33, were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of child en­dan­ger­ment.

Romero Robledo Bruno, 48, and Ben­ito Vil­l­lo­bos Loya, 35, were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana for sale and child en­dan­ger­ment.

Bear said Ran­gel-Zamora is the mother of five of the chil­dren and Var­gas is the mother of three.

She said the 17-year-old is “associated” with Var­gas and the 2-month old is the teen’s baby.

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