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LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The Lake County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force seized 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine, $977 and arrested two subjects this past Monday.

The task force arrested Santa Rosans Carlos Moreno Guzman, 29, and 34-year-old Alma Nava, according to Sgt. Steve Brooks.

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From left, Carlos Moreno Guzman, 29, and 34-year-old Alma Nava, both of Santa Rosa, Calif., were arrested on Monday, September 17, 2012, in Lake County, Calif., on drug-related charges. Lake County Jail photos.

On Sunday, Sept. 16, the Lake County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force developed information that a pound of methamphetamine was going to be delivered and sold the following day in Middletown, Brooks said.

On Monday, Sept. 17, the task force developed additional information that the delivery and sale of the methamphetamine had been changed to take place in Calistoga. Brooks said they also learned that the quantity of methamphetamine to be delivered had been increased to 1.5 pounds.

At 4 p.m. that day the Lake County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, with assistance from the Calistoga Police Department, located and detained Guzman and Nava. Brooks said Guzman was standing next to a 2005 Acura sedan and Nava was sitting inside the vehicle on the passenger side. The vehicle was in the parking lot of a restaurant in Calistoga.

The Calistoga Police Department deployed their drug certified K9, which Brooks said alerted to the interior of the Acura. A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 1.5 pounds of crystal “Ice” methamphetamine and $977. The methamphetamine was concealed inside the packaging of a men’s underwear box.

Brooks said narcotics detectives estimated the street value of the methamphetamine to be $68,000. The $977 was seized pending asset forfeiture.

Guzman was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a crime. Nava was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a crime. Brooks said they were both transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and Booked.

Both Guzman and Nava remained in custody Friday with immigration holds, Brooks said.

The Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force can be contacted through its anonymous tip line at 707-263-3663.

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The Lake County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force seized 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $68,000 and $977 on Monday, September 17, 2012, in Lake County, Calif. Courtesy of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

 

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