MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs were seized along with firearms and more than $150,000 in cash after warrants were served in several California counties, according to the Modesto Police Department.
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The seizure was made by police with assistance from the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office, the FBI, Merced Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team and the DEA, following a months-long investigation.
On Wednesday, six search warrants were served across Stanislaus, Tuolumne and San Joaquin counties. A total of nine search warrants were served during the investigation, resulting in 14 arrests.
Law enforcement seized the following:
- 451 pounds of methamphetamine
- 160 gallons of liquid methamphetamine (equates up to 1100-1400 pounds of the ‘finished product’)
- 11.5 pounds of cocaine
- 23 pounds of heroin
- 300 fentanyl pills
- 26 pounds of marijuana
- $155,717 cash
- 9 firearms
The police department said that the take-down of this trafficking organization will cut the supply to dealers in Stanislaus, Tuolumne, San Joaquin, Merced and Bay Area counties.
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Other Drug Trafficking Busts in California
On Thursday, one Sacramento man was sentenced to time in prison and two other Sacramento area men are awaiting sentencing in connection to drug trafficking.
Charles Carter, 36, of Sacramento was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison for “conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute at least 500 grams of cocaine,” according to the Department of Justice.
Arlington Caine, 48, of Rio Linda and Andre Hellams, 40, of North Highlands plead guilty to two counts of using a cell phone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.
The three are a part of a larger case that saw 15 individuals receive a 45-count indictment on June 30, 2021 for offenses related to “a conspiracy to traffic cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin.”