Several Agencies Work together to Stop Criminal Gang from Committing Crimes Together
An investigation dubbed “Lucky Charm” began in January 2020 and focused on the activity of the criminal street gang known as the Fresnecks and their collaboration with the prison gang, the Aryan Brotherhood.
Prison inmates with access to cell phones played a major role in allowing incarcerated gang leaders the ability to order outside gang members to sell guns, drugs, and orchestrate violent crimes.
Crimes they are suspected to have participated in include murder, robbery, drug dealing, illegal gun trafficking, and kidnappings. The violations are believed to have occurred across California but also in other states.
On Thursday, November 19, 2020, two dozen homes were served search warrants, and prison cells in several California institutions were searched. The findings of these searches brought the totals of the investigation to 102 arrests, 47 recovered guns, almost 90 pounds of confiscated methamphetamine, nearly six pounds of confiscated heroin, and $136,000 in seized cash.
Additionally, throughout the investigation, investigators intercepted cell phones and drugs destined for inside the prisons.
Working with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, investigators identified key players working within prison walls. Some of the suspects include 34-year old Kenneth Bash, 52-year old Todd Morgan, 47-year old Robert Eversole, 40-year old Marlon Palmer, and 40-year old Angel Lopez.
Detectives continue to seek the arrests of the following people: Sarah Booth, Carlos Bravo, Cody Brown, Robin Davis, Fawn Dehmel, Callie Eversole, Karie Gunter, Chancelor Kaufman, Brock Larson, Jeffrey Moore, Emarie Ornelas, Vanessa Palomar, and Eric Rochlem.
All arrested face state and/or federal charges.
The success of the operation is attributed to several agencies working together. These agencies include: the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium, the California Department of Justice, the California Highway Patrol, Fresno Police Department, Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Clovis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.