Car crash in Wyoming results in large meth bust at Santa Clara warehouse

A automotive crash in Wyoming final month led federal brokers throughout state traces to a Santa Clara warehouse believed for use as a methamphetamine cooking and conversion website.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided a Santa Clara warehouse on Aug. 3, within the 600 block of Martin Avenue, the place they discovered a laboratory believed to be an “active methamphetamine conversion site,” based on courtroom filings.

Marco Antonio Manriquez was charged with one rely of distribution of a combination or substance containing methamphetamine and aiding and abetting the identical crime, authorities wrote within the grievance. If convicted, he faces as much as 20 years in jail and $1 million in fines.

The alleged chief of the drug ring, known as “Co-Conspirator One” within the filings, was additionally arrested however hasn’t been publicly recognized within the courtroom data.

On July 1, a Rawlins Police Division officer was investigating a single-vehicle collision on Interstate 80 in Rawlins, Wyo., and was talking with the 2 folks on the scene of the crash, courtroom data present. Due to their “inconsistent statements” about their vacation spot and objective of journey, the officer advised them a narcotics Ok-9 was going to examine their automobile. At that time, one of many automobile’s occupants revealed there was a considerable amount of meth within the automotive. About 40 kilos of crystal meth was discovered hidden contained in the trunk, based on the grievance.

In change for judicial consideration within the state of Wyoming, one of many automotive’s occupants advised investigators they had been transporting narcotics that had been picked up from the Martin Avenue warehouse location for a number of years all through California and elsewhere and recognized the pinnacle of the group as “Co-Conspirator One.” Additionally they stated a “cook” works on the warehouse changing liquid methamphetamine to crystal meth. The informant’s id is confidential and has been overlooked of courtroom data.

On July 12, the Wyoming Division of Legal Investigation obtained a search warrant for 4 cellphones that had been seized on the visitors cease, together with a Samsung Galaxy telephone that contained images of trays of meth crystals and liquid with crystalline residue, based on the grievance.

On Aug. 2, the DEA carried out surveillance of the warehouse in Santa Clara and noticed Manriquez and the alleged drug ringleader go away in a pink Nissan Altima with a “white bag with honey bee emblems,” authorities stated. They drove to Milpitas, the place they gave the bag to the motive force of a silver Chevrolet Equinox.

California Freeway Patrol stopped the Equinox in Benicia and searched the automobile, the place it discovered greater than 24 kilos of meth packaged in 11 Ziploc luggage, based on the grievance. The driving force of the Equinox was arrested.

The subsequent day, brokers detained Manriquez and the alleged drug ringleader as they had been driving from the warehouse and executed a search warrant, discovering a methamphetamine conversion website “processed and unprocessed” meth.