Apr 23, 2015
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Richmond police seized 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine and three ounces of heroin last week — amounting to more than $200,000 worth of drugs — following a traffic stop, police said.

The major bust occurred following a minor traffic violation in Richmond that led to the discovery of drugs in the suspect vehicle and the execution of a search warrant April 13 on a home in the 800 block of 31st St., Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said Thursday.

drugs.4-23-3The driver of the suspect vehicle was unlicensed, leading to the impounding and search of the vehicle, which contained one pound of meth in a large sandwich bag with a street value of $45,000. The drugs were tucked into an orange safety vest that was left on the floorboard of the car, police said in a Facebook post. The detectives also found $1,297 in cash on the unlicensed driver.

Because of the amount of drugs and cash found, a search warrant was obtained for the driver’s residence on 31st Street, and also on a Honda that was parked at the residence.

drugs.4-23-5With help from Ranger, a Richmond police dog, 3.5 pounds of meth worth $157,500 and three ounces of heroin worth $8,500 were found stashed under the Honda’s dashboard, police said. A large stash of ammunition for an AK-47, a loaded 9mm pistol with obliterated serial number and an unregistered .380 cal pistol were also seized.

“The department is proud of the tenacity that each of the involved detectives possess and also how they all worked collaboratively as a winning team,” police said.



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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.