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20 pounds of cocaine seized: Man charged in alleged Bay Point drug-trafficking ring

MARTINEZ — A Bay Point man is facing drug possession, child abuse and gun possession charges following a joint investigation into what federal and state authorities call a large drug-trafficking ring between the Bay Area and Southern California.
Jesus Sepulveda-Lopez, 36, was charged with four felonies back in August, but wasn’t arrested until late December. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in January, and his case is moving forward, with a pretrial hearing last week.
Sepulveda-Lopez was one of several subjects under investigation in a federal and state investigation that so far has yielded at least 20 pounds of cocaine, around 19 pounds of marijuana, and about $52,000.
Authorities believe that couriers were shipping drugs from Southern California to Sepulveda-Lopez’s home in Bay Point. Authorities raided the home in January 2018 and seized 19 pounds of pot, 2.5 pounds of cocaine, two rifles, and a semi-automatic pistol, according to police.
The child abuse charge is related to the guns allegedly found at Sepulveda-Lopez’s home. Authorities say the guns were kept in places where his young children could have accessed them.
In addition to the criminal charges, authorities have filed an asset forfeiture case against Sepulveda-Lopez.
Since his arrest, Sepulveda-Lopez has posted bail and been released from jail, authorities said.

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