Sacto 9-1-1
May 7, 2012
El Dorado Country drug trafficking investigation leads to arrest, seizures

Robert Edward Mulready.jpgThe El Dorado County Sheriff's Department announced one arrest and the seizure of more than $236,000 in cash, assault weapons and marijuana plants in a drug trafficking case that extended to Florida, Virginia and North Carolina.

The Western El Dorado County Narcotics Enforcement Team began the drug trafficking investigation Friday and discovered that a suspect in North Carolina was under investigation by authorities in that state for sales of marijuana, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Several other suspects in other states also were involved in the sales and distribution of marijuana that was being shipped from suspects in the El Dorado County area, officials said.

Over the next three days, narcotics enforcement team detectives investigated and served several search warrants at locations, including 3873 Destiny Lane in Shingle Springs and 1161 Kathy Lane north of Placerville.

During the course of the investigation, detectives seized approximately $236,480 in cash, assault weapons, 393 marijuana plants, 20 pounds of processed marijuana with and additional 200 starter clones, additional properties, bank accounts and safety deposit boxes, according to the news release.

Robert Edward Mulready (pictured), 48, was arrested on suspicion of various marijuana-related offenses.

El Dorado County detectives, in coordination with out-of-state agencies and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, are continuing the investigation into the interstate drug trafficking organization, officials said.

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