Cocaine, Meth, Heroin, and Cash Taken off the Streets

Cocaine, Meth, Heroin, and Cash Taken off the Streets

A vehicle stop leads to one of the largest narcotic busts in recent history in Madera.
Press Release:

A vehicle stop leads to one of the largest narcotic busts in recent history.
 
Madera County – 18 kilograms of Cocaine, 16 pounds of Methamphetamine and 8 pounds of white powder Heroin (wholesale value worth nearly $700,000) is off the streets after a single traffic stop on CA-99 near Avenue 12 yesterday. Two Sacramento men remain behind bars, facing felony drug charges.
 
Arrested: Juan Carolos Esparza, 39, and Raydel Estrada Gomez, 29.
 
A California Highway Patrol K9 Officer, working with MADNET, pulled a 2008 Dodge Nitro over at around 1:30 PM yesterday. Both the driver and his passenger appeared nervous and would not make eye contact with the Officer; which led him to ask if they had anything illegal inside the SUV.
 
Given consent to search the vehicle, his K9 partner alerted on two cardboard boxes stuffed with 13 kilograms of packaged Cocaine, 15 pounds of packaged Methamphetamine, and almost $7,000 in US currency.
 
But the search didn’t end there. The K9 also found another 5 kilograms of packaged Cocaine, and 8 pounds of packaged white powder Heroin stashed inside the car’s roof liner.
 
Both men were taken into custody and booked into Madera County Department of Corrections for felony drug possession and transportation for sales. Bail has been set at $5-million for each.
 
Sheriff John Anderson calls this stop significant – apart from the amount of narcotics seized, it shows that Madera County remains a major hub and thoroughfare for drug traffickers operating in our state.
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