Latest news: 08-25-2010
Meth bust largest in US history at 635 pounds
Gilroy, CA - What does $200 million look like? Dope. A lot of it – like 635 pounds. Flanked by local, state and federal counterparts, Sacramento County sheriff's authorities proudly displayed the spoils of last Thursday's drug bust in Gilroy – what one authority described as a once-in-a-lifetime operation. "Somebody's painfully missing their investment right now," said sheriff's Lt. Fred Links, who oversees the department's multiagency drug task forces. The Gilroy raid culminated a yearlong investigation into a Mexico-based drug cartel thriving in the Central Valley. Authorities began tracking the cartel after an ordinary, street-level drug deal by a narcotics agent in Sacramento County two years ago.
Iowa court rules against pseudoephedrine as probable cause
IA - The Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled that buying pseudoephedrine is not reason enough for police to believe you might be making meth. The ruling involves a search warrant request filed by a Tama County deputy in 2009 that said suspicious traffic had been reported by neighbors at the homes of Pamela Robbins and Michael Watson in Marshalltown. It said Watson had a history or making meth, and documented 27 purchases of drugs containing pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in making meth — at area pharmacies. The application said Robbins had purchased pseudoephedrine 25 times during the same period, and her car was seen at Watson’s home on several of those days.
Tenn. county gets millions in federal dollars to fight drug war
Memphis, TN - From the front seat of his patrol car, Marco Yzaguirre sits on the front lines of Shelby County's drug war. As part of the county’s drug interdiction unit, he’s on the lookout for the cocaine and the marijuana that flows along with traffic on the county’s major highways. “You’d be surprised how many drugs get transported here on the highway,” said Yzaguirre. “Usually your hubs are going to be Dallas, Houston, Austin, and then from there go to Arkansas, Texarkana, Memphis, Nashville, North Carolina, New York, and New Jersey."
Leader of drug ring gets 27 years
Fresno, CA - A California man has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for charges related to the largest drug bust ever on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Eustorgio Flores had faced a maximum sentence of life in prison when he was sentenced Tuesday. A Fresno jury convicted the 50-year-old Tulare resident in April of methamphetamine and cocaine distribution, distribution of meth near an elementary school and other charges. Prosecutors described Flores as the leader of a San Joaquin Valley-based drug-dealing network that regularly supplied a Maui resident with drugs flown over on commercial airlines. The resident, Patrick Aniban, received a 20-year prison sentence after authorities seized six pounds of meth and 18 pounds of cocaine at his Maui home.