Cocaine seizure largest in Valley history

Two Southern California men were arrested in Minden on Thursday with more than four pounds of cocaine worth $250,000 for the largest cocaine seizure in Carson Valley history.

Juan Carlos Medina, 33, of West Covina, Calif., and Asceacion Ignacio Arias, 30, of Santa Ana, Calif., were jailed on $250,000 each.

Both men were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

The trafficking offense is punishable by up to a life sentence in prison. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum of five years in prison.

Douglas County Undersheriff Bob Rudnick said Friday the arrests were the conclusion of a two-week investigation conducted by the sheriff's office Street Enforcement Team and the Tri-Net Task Force.

He said the arrests were made in the parking lot of a Minden convenience store.

"The cocaine was delivered here for the purpose of sale in the Carson Valley," Rudnick said. "It's a consistent problem here. For most of the people we see in our court system, the drug of choice is methamphetamine, but there still is a serious cocaine problem."

The cocaine was packaged in two kilograms with a street value of $250,000, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The suspects are to be arraigned in East Fork Justice Court on Monday.


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