91 Pounds of Meth Seized

In one of the largest seizures ever of methamphetamine in Contra Costa, Narcotics Detectives from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the Concord Police Department seized 91 pounds of methamphetamine worth over $2.3 million.

The two agencies have jointly worked on a five month investigation that culminated last Friday, September 12, 2008, with the serving of two search warrants on homes in the city of San Pablo. The search warrants were served, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office J-Team, on homes on Macarthur Avenue and Connecticut Avenue.



Besides the seizure of the meth, five pounds of heroin worth about $32,000 was also recovered. In addition, $240,000 in cash was confiscated along with drug making paraphernalia.

“These types of seizures hit major drug trafficking organizations hard and as a result will disrupt the drug supply chain in this county,” said Captain Daniel Terry of the Sheriff’s Investigation Division. “It is fair to say that drug trafficking over international lines, particularly from Mexico, is still a primary concern in California and will remain a focus for local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies.”

“This is an example of the type of impact we can have when agencies work as a team,” said Captain Daniel Siri of the Concord Police Department.

Detectives arrested 36-year-old Gabriel Magana Valdez of San Pablo. He was arrested for various drug offenses including possession, manufacturing and transportation. He was also arrested for evading arrest. He is currently being held without bail.


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