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Feds Announce Seizure of 570 Pounds of Meth, 11 Arrests

Agencies from Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties, Gilroy and San Jose took part in the investigation.

Federal authorities in San Francisco have announced one of the largest seizures of methamphetamine in U.S. history: more than 570 pounds, with an estimated street value of $6 million.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said Monday that the drug haul was seized on Friday while authorities were arresting 11 people on federal and state drug, money laundering and weapons charges.

Five of those arrested were charged in a federal grand jury indictment Thursday with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of the drug and money laundering. The indictment was unsealed on Monday.

Haag said those defendants made initial appearances before a federal magistrate in San Jose on Friday and are due to return for further pretrial proceedings this week.

The charges carry sentences of up to life in prison if the defendants are convicted.

Six other arrestees face state charges including possessing methamphetamine, possessing the drug with intent to distribute it and possessing a stolen firearm.

The prosecution stems from an extensive investigation by federal and state agencies together with law enforcement agencies from an array of South Bay and Central Valley cities and counties, Haag said.

Participating local entities included agencies from the cities of San Jose, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Salinas, and Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, Stanislaus and Yolo counties, Haag said.

Federal drug, immigration and tax investigators and the California Department of Justice also took part in the probe.

—Bay City News

megan vasquez December 05, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Who was arrested? Are there any names out yet?
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 05, 2012 at 03:32 PM
@Jessica Rabbit - Racial epithets are never okay. End of discussion.
Don Gateley December 08, 2012 at 08:59 AM
Not quite. What you, and most everybody, call racism is actually tribalism. It is built into our genome because it once had major survival value. Understanding its true nature is much more productive than acting better than someone who is less able to hide it than you are. And hiding it from yourself is the most counterproductive thing of all. Cultures clash. They always have and always will. Get over it.
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 08, 2012 at 08:39 PM
*yawn* Another idiot racist trying to dress up his bigotry. I'm sure David Duke is proud. Take it back to stormfront.
Cheryl Pemberton January 16, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Thanks, kudos and congratulations to all our law enforcement officers who pulled this off! I have seen firsthand the devastation meth causes. THANK YOU!

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