50,000 Pounds Of Fireworks Seized And Seven People Arrested

50,000 Pounds Of Fireworks Seized And Seven People Arrested 

Cal Fire law enforcement agents have seized close to 50,000 pounds of fireworks and arrested seven people following a years-long investigation into an illegal firework importation and distribution network in that stretched from the Bay Area to Calaveras County.   Michael Mohler, deputy director of communication with Cal Fire, said the confiscation represented one of the largest seizures of fireworks in state history.  The illegal firework network took investigators across northern California, stretching from Oakland and Hayward in Alameda County and Walnut Creek in Contra Costa County, to Modesto and Salida in Stanislaus County, and to Copperopolis in Calaveras County. The items seized included a range of aerial fireworks including bottle rockets, firecrackers and Roman Candles.  In addition, $115,000 in cash, computers, cell phones, firearms and personal items were also confiscated.  Arrested and booked into Calaveras county jail were Donald Anthony Cerasi, Leon Anthony Cerasi, Maria Robles San Cerasi, Larry Lista, Jack Gage Schroll, Michael Carlos Solorio and Tonya Adele Schroll.   All the suspects have since made bail.  The suspects have been charged with a range of misdemeanors, including selling unclassed fireworks, unlawfully storing fireworks, giving fireworks to an unlicensed person, possession of fireworks without a permit, and violation of a state fire marshal fireworks regulation.  There was no immediate estimate on the value of the seized fireworks and the distribution ring appears to have been in existence for over 30 years. 

Written by KVGC Staff

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