Feds Announce Seizure of 570 Pounds of Meth, 11 Arrests

Agencies from Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties, Gilroy and San Jose took part in the investigation.

Federal authorities in San Francisco have announced one of the largest seizures of methamphetamine in U.S. history: more than 570 pounds, with an estimated street value of $6 million.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said Monday that the drug haul was seized on Friday while authorities were arresting 11 people on federal and state drug, money laundering and weapons charges.

Five of those arrested were charged in a federal grand jury indictment Thursday with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of the drug and money laundering. The indictment was unsealed on Monday.

Haag said those defendants made initial appearances before a federal magistrate in San Jose on Friday and are due to return for further pretrial proceedings this week.

The charges carry sentences of up to life in prison if the defendants are convicted.

Six other arrestees face state charges including possessing methamphetamine, possessing the drug with intent to distribute it and possessing a stolen firearm.

The prosecution stems from an extensive investigation by federal and state agencies together with law enforcement agencies from an array of South Bay and Central Valley cities and counties, Haag said.

Participating local entities included agencies from the cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Salinas, and Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, Stanislaus and Yolo counties, Haag said.

Federal drug, immigration and tax investigators and the California Department of Justice also took part in the probe.

—Bay City News

Carrie LaBlank December 04, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I'm surprised that they did not hit the labs in Watsonville and Las Lomas.
Susan O'Day December 04, 2012 at 11:27 PM
They will, give them time..
Jeannine Omasz December 05, 2012 at 12:16 AM
"One of the largest seizures of methamphetamine in U.S. history..." Different departments at different levels in multiple counties made a concerted effort to pull this off. This was no small feat. Props to all involved!
Susan O'Day December 05, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I so agree Jeannine................That was definitely no small feat and it took time..our guys try but can't imagine it's easy busting some of these jerks and watching them get a slap on the wrist so they have to be careful and make sure everything is totally perfect before they slap the cuffs on these dirtbags...................
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 05, 2012 at 03:56 AM
People who manufacture drugs do not get "a slap on the wrist." Federal drug laws are stiff and well-enforced. These people will not get out of prison anytime soon.
Tom Sawyer December 05, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Isn't this crap cooked up in Mexican super labs? I read about a China-man who was bringing 40' containers into Mexico filled precursor. It's common for chemical plants in China and India to shut down normal operations at 2:00 am and produce ephedrine until dawn. They clean up, load the product into ISO containers and head for the coastal sea ports where it's loaded onto ships and delivered to it's destination. I wouldn't be surprised if it's being shipped to California. One kilo of precursor is worth $2k in the country of origin, and $20k where it's converted into drugs.
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 05, 2012 at 07:13 AM
A "China-man?" Stay classy.
John Colby December 05, 2012 at 07:55 AM
This operation might have also netted the famous Grandview Street Meth cooker. He's been cuffed: he's looking down a lot of prison time.
Jessica Rabbit December 05, 2012 at 01:21 PM
@ JJJ Schmidt - no need to stay classy when you're discussing low life drug manufacturers. Also, my respects to the local agencies who worked diligently to make this happen. Meth is a terrible terrible thing. Well done!
megan vasquez December 05, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Who was arrested? Are there any names out yet?
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 05, 2012 at 03:32 PM
@Jessica Rabbit - Racial epithets are never okay. End of discussion.
Don Gateley December 08, 2012 at 08:59 AM
Not quite. What you, and most everybody, call racism is actually tribalism. It is built into our genome because it once had major survival value. Understanding its true nature is much more productive than acting better than someone who is less able to hide it than you are. And hiding it from yourself is the most counterproductive thing of all. Cultures clash. They always have and always will. Get over it.
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 08, 2012 at 08:39 PM
*yawn* Another idiot racist trying to dress up his bigotry. I'm sure David Duke is proud. Take it back to stormfront.
Cheryl Pemberton January 16, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Thanks, kudos and congratulations to all our law enforcement officers who pulled this off! I have seen firsthand the devastation meth causes. THANK YOU!


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