Gilroy Drug bust grand total now at 648 pounds

Containers of raw methamphetamine that were waiting for

The amount of methamphetamine seized from a Gilroy home last
week continues to mount, even though investigators thought they had
finally quantified the grand total.

It just doesn’t stop,

said Lt. Fred Links with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s
department, the agency that led the investigation.
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The amount of methamphetamine seized from a Gilroy home last week continues to mount, even though investigators thought they had finally quantified the grand total.

“It just doesn’t stop,” said Lt. Fred Links with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s department, the agency that led the investigation.

Thursday, his team recovered almost 500 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine in its powdered and crystal form. In addition, they booked 19 gallons of methamphetamine in solution into evidence but had no way of quantifying it until they received the lab results, Links said.

“Each one of those gallons yields eight pounds of dope, of the pure product,” he said.

The addition of the 19 gallons of methamphetamine in solution adds another 152 pounds of meth to the approximately 500 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine investigators thought they were dealing with last week, for a current grand total of 648 pounds, Links said.

Police believe Thursday morning’s raid and subsequent seizure of staggering amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine has cut off one of the country’s primary drug distribution hubs.

“This is the head of one of the bigger snakes out of Mexico,” Links said.

The drug task force also served federal and state search warrants at locations in Modesto and Sacramento, but “Gilroy was the mother lode,” said one of Links’ sergeants.

In addition to the meth, police recovered 15 pounds of cocaine, $35,000 in cash and two firearms. They initially estimated the street value of the seized drugs to be more than $100 million but the addition of the meth in solution puts the grand total well over that mark.

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