Drugs Worth $80M Seized From Gilroy Home

Thursday, Aug 19, 2010  |  Updated 8:57 PM PDT
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Drugs Worth $80M Seized From Gilroy Home

Damon LaRose

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Three men are in custody after police raided a Gilroy home and seized 300 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 40 kilos of cocaine.

State officials say the haul has a street value of $80 million. An official with the California Department of Justice says it's believed the home is connected to a drug cartel.

 The raid began at a home in the 2000 block of Roop Road and New Avenue at 7 a.m. Thursday.

 Bob Cook, of the State Department of Justice, said three suspects are Mexican nationals.

 The haul is estimated to be the largest drug bust in Santa Clara County history.

 Several agencies participated in the raid, including the Gilroy Police Department, DEA agents, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and the State Department of Justice's Narcotics Unit.

 A hazmat team was also called to the home to dispose of dangerous chemicals.

 The drugs were being processed and packaged at an undisclosed Gilroy location.

 The three men arrested, who have not yet been identified, were booked at the Gilroy Police Department and transferred to the Santa Clara County Jail.

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