Authorities say that this was the largest ever drug bust in San Diego County. Four men were taken into custody.
The four men, identified as 37-year-old Rafael Alzua, 41-year-old Galdrino Contreras, 41-year-old Mario Contreras and 44-year-old Ethgar Velazquez, are all from Tijuana, Mexico. According to officials, the four men were arrested for federal drug trafficking offences after being seized by law enforcement agents more than 5,000 lbs of methamphetamine.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, a 20-foot box truck crossed from Mexico into the U.S. through the Otay Mesa Commercial Port of Entry. Four men were observed loading by law enforcement officers “dozens”According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, cardboard boxes were moved from the truck to a Dodge van.
The men were then taken into police custody. Authorities found nearly 148 bundles that later tested positive for methamphetamine. It contained more than 5,000 lbs. “record-breaking” seizure.
“This monumental seizure represents another win against drug cartels that fuel addiction in the United States,”Shelly S., Drug Enforcement Administration Special agent in Charge, said in a press release.
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune a $25,000 personal appearance bail was issued for Galdrino Contreras and a $20,000 personal appearance bail was issued for Velazquez. According to the outlet, Alzua’s defense lawyer asked the judge to extend the hearing until July 19.
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Mario Contreras was Galdrino Contreras’s twin brother. He did not appear in court. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, a prosecutor claimed that he didn’t know why the man did not appear in court.
According to Leila Morgan, a federal public defender, Velazquez was a citizen of the United States and a long-time resident in San Diego County. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Prosecutors claimed that Contreras had lived in Tijuana over the past 20 years. He allegedly tried to flee police officers during the arrest. Contreras also has a residence in the United States, is a citizen of the United States and has no past convictions, according to his defense counsel, who requested that the judge set bond, reported The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Galdrino Contreras, his defense lawyer, stated that he believed he was being paid by the outlet to unload something from the vehicle.
“Although it is a lot of methamphetamine, that is not a reason to detain him,”According to The San Diego Union Tribune, attorney David Zugman stated this.