Four people arrested for human trafficking by the Colusa Task Force were arraigned on Thursday. The arrests were made through a cooperative effort between Colusa County authorities and other regional agencies.
Everyone arrested for human trafficking received the same charges during the arraignment: Pimping, pandering with encouragement and two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime. Human trafficking arrests occurred in Colusa and Yuba City on Tuesday. The task force collected personal electronic devices that will be used in the continuing human trafficking investigation.
Those arrested for human trafficking are:
– Adan Ayala Jr., 44, Yuba City
– Joseph Ethan Ayala, 26, Colusa
– Eurik Manuel Rivas, 26, Yuba City
– Cathy Irene Mendoza, 38, Yuba City.
All four suspects are still in custody at Colusa County Jail with a $1 million bail for human trafficking, according to a jail official. However, both Joseph Ayala and Rivas have outstanding charges for previous crimes, so both are being held under no bail.
Colusa County District Attorney Matt Beauchamp said the human trafficking cases will be prosecuted in Colusa County. He also said it’s too early to disclose all the details of the cases, but more information will be available in the future.
“Colusa County takes a strong stance against human trafficking,” Beauchamp said.
Two others – Andrew Garcia, 20, Colusa, and Felicia Moore, 30, Yuba City – were arrested the same day as the human trafficking sweep on Tuesday, but law enforcement hasn’t been able to confirm whether the cases are related to human trafficking.
Garcia was arraigned for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon on Thursday in Colusa County Court; he remains in Colusa County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bail.
Moore was arrested for resisting or obstructing a police officer, and was booked into Sutter County Jail with a bail of $1,000. She has since been released and scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 21 at 9 a.m., according to Sutter County Jail.