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TACOMA, Wash. — Three men will face a judge Thursday in connection a massive drug bust reminiscent of the TV show “Breaking Bad.”13226038

Samuel Tafolla Hernandez, 39, and Thomas Servantes Diaz, 34, are accused of running a smuggling ring that brought the drugs up from the southwestern U.S.

A third man, Jose Mauricio Lozano-Miranda, 38, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Tacoma police arrested the men after an investigation led to the discovery of 44 pounds of methamphetamine in a Puyallup storage unit.

“This is one of the biggest drug busts we’ve seen in Pierce County in the last decade,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Tacoma police said they received a tip that Tafolla Hernandez had arranged for loads of meth to be smuggled from the southwestern U.S. to Pierce and King Counties. Detectives said they watched Tafolla Hernandez while he routinely visited his storage unit in Puyallup and then met other individuals in parking lots throughout the county.

On Tuesday, police followed Tafolla Hernandez and Servantes Diaz to the storage unit, and the officers served a search warrant. In the unit, they found 44 pounds of meth. At the Fife home the men shared, police found bundles of cash totaling $225,000 concealed in a bookcase behind a wall of diapers.

Tafolla Hernandez and Servantes Diaz were charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Servantes Diaz was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm while not being a citizen of the U.S.

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