Modesto police seize nearly 9 pounds of meth, about $30,000 cash

Bee Staff ReportsFebruary 10, 2014 

Juan Carlos Vargas Martinez

Juan Carlos Vargas Martinez, 29, of Modesto was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on two counts of possession of methamphetamine for sale, and one count of transportation of methamphetamine.


Search warrants served by Modesto police on Sunday resulted in the seizure of nearly 9 pounds of meth and close to $30,000 in cash.

Members of the Modesto Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team, or MNET, were assisting patrol units with narcotic enforcement in the 500 block of Kansas Avenue when they came into contact with Juan Carlos Vargas Martinez of Modesto, according to a news release Monday.

Authorities say Martinez, 29, was found to be in possession of more than 11/2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine. Additionally, police said there was more than $4,000 in cash in his vehicle.

The investigation led to three locations associated with Martinez, police spokeswoman Heather Graves said in the news release. A search warrant was obtained for two residences belonging to him, along with a storage unit.

The locations, two in Modesto and one in Riverbank, led to the seizure of an additional 8 pounds of crystal methamphetamine; $25,000 in cash; and three guns, including an assault-style rifle.

“It appears Martinez has been hiding this business in plain sight for some time” Sgt. Kelly Rea, supervisor of the Narcotics Unit, said in the news release. “This level of dealing is just that, a business, and neighbors may never notice it.”

Martinez was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on two counts of possession of methamphetamine for sale and one count of transportation of meth. Monday evening, he was being held on $500,000 bail.

MNET encourages people who have information regarding suspected drug activity in their neighborhoods to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Tipsters can text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637; type “TIP704” along with a message.

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