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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sergeant Brian Findlen, (209) 572-9500
Release Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 9:40:00 PM


Modesto, CA – A collaborative effort by numerous law enforcement entities culminated in our area’s largest methamphetamine bust in recent memory. Two men have been arrested and other arrests may be forthcoming.


Acting on an anonymous tip, drug enforcement agents with the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency (SDEA), Modesto Narcotics Enforcement Team (MNET) and Homeland Security Investigations served a search warrant at 2112 Hardy Ct, in Ceres.  During the search of the residence this afternoon, agents located approximately 290 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in several storage containers.  Agents also seized $66,000 in cash at the home.  


Luis Bartolo Madriz Sandavol, a 32-year-old from Everett, Washington and Victor Ramiro Torres, a 23-year-old Ceres resident, were arrested near the home.  They were booked into Stanislaus County jail for possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation of methamphetamine; both felonies.


Agents with the respective law enforcement agencies believe the drug seizure will create a noticeable disruption to the availability of this dangerous drug in our community.  The investigation is on-going and additional arrests are possible.


The lead agency in the investigation, the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency (SDEA), reported that this is the largest methamphetamine seizure in its 40 year existence.  The photos attached below illustrate the magnitude of today's seizure.   

For further information regarding this press release, please contact Sergeant Brian Findlen at (209) 572-9500.



Luis Bartolo Madriz Sandavol (pictured above)

Victor Ramiro Torres (pictured above)