Kingpin gang member arrested in Santa Cruz

Jose Alvarenga

June 8, 2010 3:43:46 PM PDT
Santa Cruz police have arrested a suspected MS-13 gang member that they say is a kingpin in the local heroin and cocaine trade.

Police took 23-year-old Jose Alvarenga of Aptos into custody last week and are now working to have him deported back to El Salvador. Alvarenga has a history of local drug arrests.

This is the second high-profile arrest of an MS-13 gang member in the Santa Cruz area.