Heroin being sold at the transit plaza in Monterey
Known as Operation Tar Block, the investigation began when undercover officers bought drugs from street-level dealers, Dias said. Those purchases, made in Monterey and Seaside, led police to alleged suppliers living in several Peninsula cities, he said.
Cody Esquivel, 27, of Seaside was arrested on suspicion of selling heroin. Timothy Murray, 41, of Marina and Castroville was arrested on gun charges and for allegedly possessing heroin and methamphetamine for sale.
Sepehr Makki, 18, of Pacific Grove and Joseph Sampognaro Jr., 24, of Monterey were arrested on a charge of offering to sell heroin.
Morgan Ferguson, 22, of Carmel was arrested on a charge of possessing heroin for sale, and Mike Sobel, 41, of Seaside was arrested and charged with possessing heroin and methamphetamine for sale.
Some of the arrests were made at the alleged dealers’ residences in Seaside, Monterey, Marina and Castroville, Dias said.