$1.5 Million in Methamphetamine and Cocaine Seized in Undercover Drug Bust

Friday, April 30, 2010
Contact: (916) 210-6000, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

LOS ANGELES – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that agents from his office seized $1.5 million worth of drugs, including 79 pounds of methamphetamine and 11 pounds of cocaine, $30,000 in cash and eight firearms in another successful drug bust in Southern California Thursday night.

Ramon Salazar Camargo, 33, and his accomplice, Jesus Lopez, 21, were arrested Thursday night and are being held in Los Angeles County Jail on $3 million bail each.

“Little by little, bust by bust, we are sending the message to drug dealers that we are not going to allow them to operate in California,” Brown said. “We will track down, arrest and prosecute these criminals vigorously and relentlessly.”

Thursday’s arrests and seizures are the result of a successful “buy bust” operation conducted by agents from Brown’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE). Camargo and Lopez were arrested after negotiating a drug deal and delivering 20 pounds of methamphetamine to undercover agents in the parking lot of a Bell Gardens strip mall. After the initial seizure, officers executed a search warrant on a Los Angeles residence kept as a “stash house” where they seized additional methamphetamine, cocaine, firearms and currency.

Agencies involved in Thursday’s operation included Brown’s BNE Major Narcotics and Violence Team, Imperial County Narcotic Task Force, and Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police and Crime Task Force.

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