'Murder for hire' threat to deputy - Ukiah Daily Journal

'Murder for hire' threat to deputy
Ukiah Daily Journal Staff
Updated: 12/17/2010 10:52:56 AM PST

Local, state and federal authorities are investigating threats against a deputy's life, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.

Authorities are doing parole searches and investigating leads, looking for suspects in what's being termed murder for hire and terrorist threats, according to spokesman Capt. Kurt Smallcomb of the MCSO.

"More arrests on those charges are anticipated," he said.

No one has been arrested yet on suspicion of the charges, which include making solicitation for the commission of a violent crime and making criminal threats.

Two men were arrested on other charges during the course of the investigation, which included parole searches of approximately 12 locations Thursday in the Ukiah Valley, according to Smallcomb.

He didn't comment on whether the arrests were related to the investigation of threats against the deputy's life.

Salvador Ramirez, 35, no residence given, was arrested on suspicion of a federal immigration violation charge, and Jorge Martinez, 22, no residence given, was arrested on suspicion of selling marijuana and violating his parole.

In October, state and federal agencies contacted the MCSO regarding information they had received regarding a threat of a possible violent act to be committed against a deputy sheriff, a Thursday MCSO press release states.

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