Tuesday, June 3, 2014

#InTheNews: $7.2 million in drugs recovered from Hinkley house

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
More than 200 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 250 gallons of liquid methamphetamine, with a street value of $7.2 million, were seized from a drug lab in Hinkley last week, the state Department of Justice announced Monday.

Agents with the state agency and San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jorge Valdez, 34, and Miguel Angel Sanchez, 24, both of Hinkley, on suspicion of manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine. They were booked into the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto, where each were being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Valdez has a no-bail warrant from Los Angeles, according to online booking records. “Methamphetamine is one of the most toxic drugs available, destroying the bodies and minds of countless people,” Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement Monday. “California is the national epicenter of its trafficking and distribution, so I have made it priority of the California Department of Justice’s task forces to stop those who would sell and manufacture this debilitating drug.”

Agents with the Department of Justice and sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at a residence at 37767 Mountain View Road, Hinkley, on Wednesday. They found a conversion lab and the drugs. The 250 gallons of liquid methamphetamine seized on site was enough to produce about 1,250 pounds of the drug in crystallized form, according to a Department of Justice news release.

“I stand with my law enforcement counterparts with an unwavering commitment to stop the manufacturing and dealing of narcotics in San Bernardino County,” Sheriff John McMahon said in a statement Monday. “Drug use undermines traditional values and it is our responsibility to put an end to it.”

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A, Ramos said in a statement Monday that the work of both law enforcement agencies prevented a substantial quantity of the drug from getting to the streets.

“We look forward to prosecuting these individuals to the fullest extent of the law and sending the message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in San Bernardino County,” Ramos said.

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