Sacto 9-1-1
June 26, 2009
Six suspects to be arraigned on federal drug charges

From Jane Braxton Little:

Six men charged with multiple felonies in a marijuana farm raid last week have been transferred to federal custody to face arraignment in the Eastern District of the U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

Lassen County District Attorney Robert M. Burns dismissed all state charges Thursday, when the suspects appeared for a scheduling hearing in Lassen County Superior Court.

Acting U.S. Attorney Larry Brown will prosecute the case under federal law, Burns said.

The six suspects were arrested June 16 after a team of county and federal investigators stumbled on the marijuana garden near Little Valley in northern Lassen County.

A seventh suspect began firing on the officers. He was shot and killed in the ensuing gun battle, which also injured two Lassen County Sheriff's deputies.

Facing federal charges are Clemente Arroyo, Jose Zepeda, Norman Mike, Jose Mendoza-Garcia, Miguel Mosquedo and Alex Zavala.

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