Community Intervention Team makes sweep at gas station and market.
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station arrested eight suspected gang members Wednesday afternoon at the Alliance Gas Station at San Fernando Road and 2nd Street in Newhall. Deputies assigned to the Sheriff's/City of Santa Clarita's Community Interaction Team (CIT) were conducting patrol in the area when they saw several suspected gang members loitering in and around the gas station and market.
As the deputies drove into the gas station, three of the suspects immediately ran toward the market. When contacted inside the store, the suspects ignored the deputies orders and refused to cooperate. Additional deputies were called in and all the individuals were detained. During the investigation the deputies reportedly recovered several individual packages of methamphetamine. All eight suspects were arrested on gang and narcotic related charges.
Taken into custody were Marco Valencia, 19, of Canyon Country; Jesus Bastian, 18, of Saugus and Newhall residents Filimon Ramirez, 20, Jacob Cecena, 21, Jaime Infante, 22, Cerron Bravo, 25, Armando Hernandez, 18 and Johnny Martinez, 18. The men were all booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale and participating in a criminal street gang. They also face potential misdemeanor charges of loitering by criminal street gangs. They are each being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending future court proceedings.