Heroin ring has ties to Menlo Park, police say


By James Lanaras, Bay City News Service

Bay Area law enforcement agencies have arrested the alleged leader and three alleged co-conspirators in a heroin distribution ring based in Sonoma County but with ties to Menlo Park, a Santa Rosa police sergeant said.

Among those arrested and identified by police as the leader is Gage Nichol Wynne, 22, who had moved earlier this year from Guerneville to his mother's home on Marsh Road in unincorporated Menlo Park, according to Santa Rosa police Sgt. Rich Celli.

As part of the investigation, police obtained a search warrant for the Marsh Road home and found $100,000 buried in different locations in the yard, including a stack in a chicken coop, as well as an AR-15 assault rifle and an SKS assault rifle in the garage and two handguns in a bedroom, Sgt. Celli told the Press Democrat newspaper.

Mr. Wynne's mother, Barbara Loza, was among those arrested on narcotics-related charges.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office participated in the investigation.

10-month investigation

Over 10 months, the Santa Rosa Police Department investigated the large-scale distribution of the drug in Santa Rosa, Guerneville and Sonoma County, Sgt. Celli said.

Mr. Wynne was identified as the alleged supplier of high-grade heroin throughout Santa Rosa in late 2014 and 2015, Sgt. Celli said.

Police learned Mr. Wynne left Sonoma County in early 2015 because he feared he would be arrested, and he established a new distribution network in Alameda County and San Francisco, Sgt. Celli said.

Mr. Wynne had narcotics organization associates in Alameda, San Mateo and San Francisco counties, Sgt. Celli said. On Saturday, June 27, detectives learned Mr. Wynne went to Tijuana, and detectives monitored him as he returned to the Bay Area.

When Mr. Wynne's car was stopped at 11 p.m. Saturday, June 27, on Interstate 580 near the Altamont Pass, Livermore police detectives found two kilos of heroin in a hidden compartment, Sgt. Celli said.

Mr. Wynne's mother, Barbara Loza, and Henry Weiss, 27, of San Francisco, were in the vehicle, Sgt. Celli said. All three were arrested based on evidence from the traffic stop.

Search warrants were served between Saturday and Monday, June 27-29, at residences in Menlo Park, San Francisco, Alameda, Guerneville and Forestville.

At Mr. Weiss' residence in San Francisco, detectives found an ounce of suspected cocaine, and evidence of narcotic sales and past heroin distribution, Sgt. Celli said.

Santa Rosa and Sonoma County Sheriff's Office detectives searched a property in Guerneville on Monday, June 29, that contained information about residences allegedly used by Mr. Wynne for safe or stash houses. Detectives found evidence of narcotics sales, 400 maturing marijuana plants and a hash oil lab, Sgt. Celli said. Several people at the property fled as officers arrived, he said.

Abraham Moran, 26, of Forestville was booked on suspicion of possession of a honey oil hash lab, cultivation of marijuana and four outstanding warrants.

Arrests of other alleged co-conspirators are pending a review by the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office.

Sgt. Celli said the ring targeted a specific group of opiate or heroin addicts in Sonoma County and the Bay Area. Finding OxyContin and other opiates has become problematic throughout the country resulting in the increased use of heroin, he said.

The San Francisco Police Department, Alameda Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration also took part in the investigation.

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Posted by trw
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 4, 2015 at 5:55 pm

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Posted by suburban park resi
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jul 6, 2015 at 10:38 am

The press forgot to write "His family says he's a good boy who always smiled and was studying to be a politician once he got his life back together!" or ....

"He always waved at his neighbors and went to Sunday school." I know this guy. [Disrespectful portion removed] Good Job POLICE getting a person like this who "allegedly" brings death, destruction and violence to our communities. These people are NOT wanted nor welcome here.

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Posted by MP_guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 7, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Heroin deaths quadruple: Web Link

They all should be tried for murder.

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Posted by antastik
a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2015 at 3:28 pm

lol no violence was brought to Menlo Park [part removed]. if you did know him like you say, you would actually know he isnt disrespectful and he took care of people and always was respectful to anyone he came in contact, as far as being tried for murder [part removed] we dont go around tri-ing liquor stores for the Drunk drivers that choose to go out on to the road and harm themselves and OTHERS do we? my point is a drug abuser will abuse and find drugs any way possible so if it wasnt from this kid it would form the next. Dont get me wrong what Wynne did was stupid and my own father even passed from a Heroin over dose (do i blame his dealer ) no! do I blame Wynne for the OD DEaths Absolutly not - this kid was a KID! a kid who got way too excited over fast money, but he never hurt anyone, he wasn't part of a gang, he honestly treated people respectfully.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.

Ya, he was a good guy. He sold poison, but he was "respectful." He belongs behind bars.

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