In December, Rev. John Baugh and the Cornerstone Church in Southlake, California, were at the center of a local drug war.
Two months earlier, police had raided the church’s compound, arresting the pastor, Joseph Baugh.
It was the first time in nearly four decades the church had been raided, and the arrests shook the community.
On Dec. 1, the day before Christmas, Baugh was arrested again for possessing marijuana and cocaine.
The next day, police announced that they had found and arrested another church leader, Father Joseph Cazares.
The arrest warrant said Cazarios was also in possession of marijuana and $30,000 in cash.
Baugh told ABC News he knew the arrest warrant had nothing to do with drug trafficking and said that Cazarians arrest was a result of an investigation into his personal finances.
Cazari was charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana.
The pastor said he didn’t know Cazaris was in jail and was upset because he didn to hear the charges.
But, he said, the case didn’t really bother him.
“It’s the worst thing that could happen,” Baugh said.
“That’s the only thing I’m concerned about, that I was arrested, that they got my money.”
Baugh, who’s the pastor at St. Matthew’s Church, and Cazars mother, Angelica Schuyler, had spent the previous few years working with children in the neighborhood who were at risk of becoming homeless.
They had also been helping other families.
On Sunday, Cazaria and Schuylers son, Justin, were arrested, as well.
On the same day, two people were arrested in the Southlake area.
Authorities in South Lake were not able to immediately say if they had information about the two men.
In addition to the arrests, two other people were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.
Police say that on Dec. 5, a man, later identified as Cazarian, was arrested and charged with possessing cocaine, heroin and marijuana, which he was allegedly using to pay for his drugs.
That same day and the next, police charged a man who police said was selling cocaine, as was Cazaries son.
On Monday, two more people were taken into custody, one in Lake Elsinore, California and the other in Sacramento, California.
Both were charged as part of a joint investigation by the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
They were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to possess a controlled substances and distribution, and two other counts of conspiracy for possession of cocaine, according to a press release from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
They remain in custody at the Sacramento Detention Center on $1 million bail.
On Wednesday, a judge in Lake County granted bail to a man arrested in February.
Police said that the other man, identified as Thomas M. DePasquale, was also arrested.
Police released surveillance video from inside DePasse’s house in Southgate, showing him selling cocaine.
On Tuesday, a fourth person, identified by police as Thomas J. M. Gonzalez, was charged.
Authorities say that he sold cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy to other people and also purchased a truck and a truck trailer with stolen cash and credit cards, which authorities say was used to buy weapons.
DePaul University said that its school has a “zero tolerance policy” for drugs in its dorms.
“Our campus does not condone drug use or consumption on campus,” university spokeswoman Amy Rios told ABC affiliate WCCO.
“We encourage students to stay away from all drugs.”
The church has a policy of not selling drugs on campus, but it does not prohibit students from using their cell phones to get their fix.
“This was a serious incident involving the use of drugs,” said Baugh when asked if he believes that DePasses arrest was linked to drug sales.
“I think it was related to drug trafficking.”
It’s the first arrest in more than a decade in Lake and Elsinor County, which is home to one of the country’s most violent counties, according a recent Associated Press report.
According to the AP, between 2005 and 2014, the county saw more than 7,300 drug arrests.
The number of violent crimes has also dropped.
From 2004 to 2014, violent crime in Lake was the most violent county in the country, according the Associated Press.
“In many of these areas, drug use is rampant, and it has no place in the community,” Lake County District Attorney Mark Stodola told the AP.
“People are afraid of police, and they don’t feel safe.”
It wasn’t immediately clear how many people have been arrested for drug trafficking since DePasses arrest.
The Associated Press said that DePaul is the only university in the area that does not have a zero tolerance policy.