Drug agents seized more than 140 pounds of methamphetamine in Modesto and the East Bay Area city of Brentwood, authorities announced Friday. Four people were arrested, three of them on drug charges.
The seizures, which also included a half-pound of heroin and $6,000 in cash, took place on Valente Way between Modesto and Ceres and on Standish Court in south Modesto, as well as at a location in Brentood, Modesto police said in a news release. Authorities estimated the street value of the drugs at $1.3 million.
Officers with the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency and federal Drug Enforcement Administration served search warrants at the three locations about 9 a.m. Thursday.
“That is a big amount,” Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves said, adding that the arrests and seizure were the result of a long-term investigation into drug trafficking in the area.
At the Valente address, authorities arrested Leonor Sarabia, 44, Estelo Chaidez, 34, and Humberto Olguin, 22, on charges of conspiracy, possession of methamphetamine for sale, transportation of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance while armed. Vanessa Santos, 23, of Modesto was arrested on a charge of child endangerment; a 3-year-old girl was found at the home. All are of Modesto.
“This investigation is the result of a collaborative effort between local law enforcement agencies and the DEA to aggressively curtail the methamphetamine epidemic in the area,” said Modesto police Lt. Clint Raymer, commander of the Stanislaus County Drug Enforcement Agency. “SDEA and DEA will continue to focus on apprehending high-level narcotic traffickers dealing in large quantities of illegal drugs in our community.”