The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 08-12-2022 at about 9:05 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen advising there were six (6) Hispanics males walking on Bell Springs Road carrying rifles and wearing camouflaged clothing.
Deputies began responding and contacted the reporting party for more information.
Deputies were advised there were possibly two vehicles involved which were approximately three (3) miles up Bell Springs Road from Highway 101. The vehicles were described as being silver in color and were possibly Honda Civics.
Deputies were told there had been unreported armed home invasions last year in the same area and it was possible the subjects came back again this year.
Due to the nature of the call, the California Highway Patrol and Fish and Wildlife responded to assist Deputies.
Deputies arrived in the area and came across a 2002 silver Honda Accord with Washington plates. This vehicle was occupied by three (3) Hispanic male adults.
The males were detained and identified as being Eirberto Casillas-Garcia, Ricardo Casillas-Garcia and Manuel Madrigal-Reyna all from Fresno, California.
The vehicle did not contain any firearms or weapons but had a strong odor of marijuana coming from it. Deputies located approximately 10 pounds of bud marijuana, packaged in one pound bags.
Deputies learned the adult males traveled to Bell Springs Road together, purchased the marijuana from an unknown location, and planned to sell it for a profit.
All the adult males were arrested for transportation of marijuana for sale (11360 HS) and Conspiracy (182 PC). They were booked into the Mendocino County Jail where they were each to be held in lieu of $20,000.00 bail.
Deputies further located an unoccupied 2015 silver Honda Civic approximately .3 miles from the Honda Accord. The vehicle appeared to have been at the location for sometime and uninvolved.