Photo: Largest Meth Seizure, California
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced one of the largest domestic methamphetamine seizures in history.
On March 1, 2012, detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department Investigative Services Division were following up on a case involving stolen iPads. Their investigation led them to an apartment located on the 4400 block of the Woods Drive in San Jose, California. Detectives conducted a preliminary search of the residence for the stolen property and observed a large quantity of methamphetamine.
A state search warrant was obtained for the location. As law enforcement began to conduct an initial search of the residence they found what they believed was a methamphetamine conversion laboratory, where methamphetamine was being converted to an “ice” or crystal form.
As a result of the investigation officers seized approximately 750 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of $34 million. Multiple items believed to be stolen from Palo Alto were recovered from the location as well. Three individuals were arrested on state drug violations. All aspects of the investigation are ongoing.