San Mateo County – Seven people have been arrested in connection with a Bay Area criminal syndicate involving vehicle theft, gun smuggling, insurance fraud, money laundering and criminal profiteering, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
The arrest was the culmination of a criminal investigation that began in February. The suspects identified during the investigation played various roles within the criminal syndicate to obtain illicit funds from stolen or embezzled property, as well as a non-profit to launder illicit money, San Mateo County Vehicle Theft Task Force Sgt. Established and operated the organization. Sean Harper said in a news release Thursday night.
On Tuesday, agents from the Vehicle Theft Task Force, the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force and the San Mateo County Gang Intelligence Unit, along with other state and federal law enforcement agencies, issued multiple search warrants on residences and businesses in San Mateo and San Francisco. counties, Harper said.
Harper said agents arrested the suspects and seized more than 30 vehicles and motorcycles, more than $30,000 in cash, five illegal firearms and more than $40,000 in stolen property. According to Harper, the agents also recovered large amounts of narcotics and marijuana, as well as documents related to crimes of fraud and grand theft.
Agents linked the criminal syndicate to the theft and grand theft of a residence in San Mateo. The residence’s owner recently died and several suspects eventually lived in the home without the new owner’s knowledge, Harper said, adding that they used it as a hiding place for narcotics, stolen property and firearms. .
The suspects were booked on charges of theft, insurance fraud and conspiracy to own or operate a chop shop at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City.
Anyone with information regarding the matter may contact VTTF Agent Brad Mulvihill at email@example.com.