The Westside Interagency Narcotics Team arrested an Oak Hills resident and three associates on Monday morning and seized more than 17 pounds of methamphetamine and $44,000 in cash.
Based on an ongoing investigation of a suspected drug runner, WIN detectives conducted a traffic stop on Jose Maldonado-Elizalde, 28, who was driving a pickup, around 10:30 a.m., near the Denney Road exit on Highway 217.
With assistance from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, WIN team detectives arrested Maldonado-Elizalde on an outstanding warrant and transported him to the Washington County Jail, said Sgt. David Thompson, sheriff’s office spokesman.
The investigation led to the suspect’s house in the 16000 block of Northwest Oak Hills Drive. A search of the house uncovered 14 pounds of methamphetamine and $5,000 in cash, Thompson said.
In addition to outstanding warrants, Maldonado-Elizalde faces an accusation of manufacture, possession and delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
During the investigation, one of Maldonaldo-Elizalde’s associates, Jose Acosta-Echevarria, 23, was under surveillance. Based on the drugs found at Maldonado-Elizalde’s house, a search warrant was obtained for Echevarria’s house, in the 700 block of Southeast 15th Avenue. The search uncovered an additional 3.25 pounds of methamphetamine and $38,000 in cash.
Jose Acosta-Echevarria was charged with the unlawful possession and delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.