Friday, June 05, 2015


A multi-agency task force’s seizure of 306 kilos of cocaine began with a traffic stop in the San Bernardino County desert town of Victorville and ended at a house in the Los Angeles County city of Santa Fe Springs

Officers from the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task (LA IMPACT) Force, a multi-agency group, seized 306 kilos (674.6 pounds) of cocaine that is believed to have been supplied by Mexico’s notorious Sinaloa drug cartel.

The first bust Tuesday evening resulted from a month-long investigation by L.A. IMPACT and began when officers from the task force observed a drug exchange in a strip mall in the Santa Fe Springs area of Los Angeles County. They then followed a vehicle and had the California Highway Patrol stop it in the San Bernardino County desert town of Victorville. 50 kilos (110 pounds) of cocaine were seized from the vehicle and Eligio Alvarez Manriquez, 24, Jose Manuel Lopez, 22, and Cintia Ferro Barazza, 24, all of Victorville, were arrested.

A further investigation led them to a house in Santa Fe Springs Wednesday where 256 kilos (564 pounds) of cocaine were seized and Eddie Perez, 41, and Jose Garcia Samano, 39, both of Santa Fe Springs, were arrested. A woman from the house was questioned and then released, and three children were taken into protective custody.

It is estimated that the 306 kilos of cocaine has a street value of $35 million. Authorities called it the largest cocaine bust in California in recent memory.

To all the officers involved in this case: Good Going Guys!

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