4 Brothers Kidnapped, Forced to Work on Illegal Marijuana Farm; 2 Women Arrested in NorCal

Guadalupe Sierra Arrellano, left, and Medarda Urbieta Estudillo are shown in booking photos on Sept. 14, 2016. (Credit: Calaveras County Sheriff's Office)

Guadalupe Sierra Arrellano, left, and Medarda Urbieta Estudillo are shown in booking photos on Sept. 14, 2016. (Credit: Calaveras County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities in Northern California are investigating possible drug cartel activity after four Modesto brothers say they were kidnapped, tortured and forced to work for more than five months on an enormous, illegal marijuana farm under the threat of violence.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department this week announced the arrest of two women. Guadalupe “Lupe” Arrellano, 43, and Medarda “Daniella” Urbieta Estudillo, 34, were arrested Sept. 14 in Modesto and charged with human trafficking, kidnapping, battery with serious bodily injury, making terrorist threats and drug charges, authorities said.

Sheriff’s officials said they are still seeking two men in connection with the case.

In February, Arrellano picked up two men from a Modesto business known as a place where day laborers congregate, Calaveras County Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Macedo said at a news conference. She told the men she needed help working on a landscaping project at a home in Calaveras County.

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