Billed as "one of the largest narcotics seizures in Northern California history," authorities conducted a drug bust in Gilroy that "netted almost 500 pounds of methamphetamines and cocaine with an estimated street value of over $100 million." The bust happened inside a single-story home east of Highway 101 at Roop Road and New Avenue, where a major drug manufacturing operation was taking place.
Three men --" Mexican nationals" Fabian Ayala, 28, Hector Salazar, 43, and Sergio Valencia, 35 -- were arrested and $35,000 in cash confiscated by agents.
The California Multi-jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team, the Drug Enforcement Administration's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the Department of Justice, and Modesto police all helped with the investigation and subsequent bust. Reports go on to say that "investigators believe the men are linked to a Mexican drug cartel and expect to make more arrests."