After two separate month-long investigations into trafficking of illegal drugs in the Plainview and Porterville areas, authorities arrested four suspects, recovered a couple of firearms and seized thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine Wednesday.
According to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, on Wednesday investigators with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division served a search warrant at a residence in the 19200 block of Avenue 192. A search revealed nearly 70 grams of methamphetamine packaged for sales, indicia, and a large sum of U.S. currency. Investigators determined the home was being used for illegal drug sales.
Investigators also located two firearms, one of which had been reported stolen, the TCSD reports.
According to the TCSD, had the seized methamphetamine entered the illegal drug market, is would have an estimated street value of $6,780.
Two suspects, identified as Rene Meza and Martin Bustamonte, were arrested and booked at the Tulare County Jail. Both are being held in lieu of $50,000 bail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, maintaining a place for illicit narcotic sales, and for possession of firearms.
In the Porterville area bust, investigators served a search warrant at a residence in the 300 block of Cornell Avenue. Investigators found more than 11 grams of methamphetamine packaged for sales, more than 8 ounces of marijuana, and indicia related to the sales of illegal drugs as well as maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales.
Two suspects, identified as Fred and James Carrillo, were arrested and booked at the Tulare County Jail on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and for maintaining a residence for illicit narcotic sales.
Both are being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.