A third person from the central San Joaquin Valley is under arrest in Virginia for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana into that state.
David Ray Flowers, 38, of Fresno was arrested with Frederick Michael Sayles, 34, of Selma and Gabriel Hernandez Sepeda II, 38, of Fresno.
Sayles is a Selma police officer and Sepeda is a former Selma police officer, according to the Selma Police Department. Sayles is on administrative leave, Lewis Griswold reports in the Fresno Bee.
Sayles joined the Selma force six years ago. Sepeda left the department two and half years ago. Department authorities declined to discuss Sepeda’s departure, citing personnel policies.
The three were arrested Thursday night in the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County, Va., and were in the process of transporting more than 27 pounds of marijuana, according to the Alexandria Police Department in Virginia.
They are being held without bond in the Alexandria Adult Detention Center on charges of conspiracy to import more than five pounds of marijuana into Virginia, and conspiracy to distribute more than five pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $635,000.