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California drug bust nets meth, guns, hundreds of potted plants, $10G, authorities say

The authorities said they seized 46 pounds of methamphetamine, three pounds of processed marijuana, $10,000 in cash, five rifles and 211 marijuana plants were “eradicated” after a California drug bust.

(Fresno County Sheriff’s Office)

Seven people have been arrested and articles, including 46 pounds of methamphetamine and $10,000 in cash were seized after a drug operation that lasted eight months, the authorities in California said Wednesday.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office in a press release said that its officials, together with those of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the FBI, the provision of the act.

Three pounds of processed marijuana and five weapons were seized, and 211 marijuana plants were “disappeared” in the sheriff’s office added.

The investigation began in November last year, with the arrest of David Stuard, 55, the sheriff’s office said. Stuard was taken into custody after heroin, prescription pills and approximately one pound of methamphetamine was allegedly discovered in his vehicle after a traffic stop, according to the authorities.

@FresnoSheriff @DEAHQ @FBI Work together when making Major Methamphetamine Suppliers in the Fresno Area https://t.co/5vkwhqoWfQ pic.twitter.com/7JAXOTNNvH

— Fresno Co Sheriff (@FresnoSheriff) 20 June 2018

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“Detectives have learned that Stuard could buy a kilo (2.2 lbs.) of methamphetamine at a time and sell it in half – and one-pound quantities to smaller dealers,” the sheriff’s office said. “As detectives investigated, they identified two Fresno men as well as the large suppliers.”

Seven search warrants were served in separate locations and the case was transferred to the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, the DEA and the FBI for prosecution, the sheriff’s office said.

Seven people were arrested following “eight months,” the sheriff’s department said.

(Fresno County Sheriff’s Office)

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A surcharge of 14 June in a nine-count federal indictment were Victor Garcia, 33; Angel Rivera, 31; Adolfo Lopez-Rayas, 32; Patrick Shaun Burriel, 46; Michelle Madewell, 41; and Luis Chaves Torres, 38. Each was charged “with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and other narcotics violations,” the sheriff’s office said, adding that Lopez-Rayas and Torres were also hit with the costs for firearms violations.

The same day, “the other count indictment was returned against David Stuard, charging him with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine,” the sheriff’s office continued.

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