A salinas man known to authorities as a high-ranking member of the nuestra familia criminal street gang was arrested last week. The f-b-I led the effort to arrest 45-year-old alberto larez, who is known by his nickname “bird.” He was found at a residence in red bluff, (south of redding). Authorities seized drugs, cash, and weapons during the operation. Larez was released from federal prison in 2010, after fulfilling a sentence agreed to under a plea deal. However, authorities suspect larez has engaged in a series of criminal activities after his release. His arrest came with the arrest of 17 other nuestra familia members, who were targeted by the federal operation.