Alhambra and West Covina police seized 500 pounds of methamphetamine worth $1.25 million and 11 firearms at an Apple Valley auto body repair shop on May 15, 2019 after a 2-month drug trafficking investigation. Police also arrested two men. (Courtesy photo Alhambra Police)
Alhambra and West Covina police arrested Manuel Gallardo, 55, of Apple Valley along with a second man on May 15, 2019 at an Apple Valley auto body repair shop. The arrests are the result of a joint investigation into drug-trafficking by a cartel. (Courtesy photo Alhambra police)
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Alhambra and West Covina police arrested Daniel Gonzalez, 21, of Ontario along with a second man on May 15, 2019 at an Apple Valley auto body repair shop. The arrests are the result of a joint investigation into drug-trafficking by a cartel. (Courtesy photo Alhambra police)
A two-month investigation by Alhambra and West Covina police into drug-trafficking by the Sinaloa cartel led to the arrest of two men and the seizure of 500 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $1.25 million, five rifles, six handguns, $38,000 in cash and 40 grams of Fentanyl at an Apple Valley auto body repair shop earlier this week.
The two suspects, Manuel Gallardo, 55, of Apple Valley and Daniel Gonzalez, 21, of Ontario were arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, transporting meth for sale and possession of meth while armed. They are scheduled for an arraignment this Friday at Victorville Superior Court.
The cartel has a cell in Apple Valley and the drugs were being trafficked across the country, according to West Covina police spokesman Travis Tibbetts. He added that this investigation was the result of another investigation by both agencies that started months ago. Tibbetts declined to discuss the earlier investigation but said it was related to drug sales.
Authorities suspected the drugs being sold and distributed in the San Gabriel Valley were coming from the Apple Valley location, according to Alhambra police spokesman Sgt. Steven Carr.
Carr declined to name the auto repair place in the 20000 block of Tussing Ranch Road because it shares space with other businesses unrelated to the case.
Detectives went to the business on Wednesday and found the drugs and weapons. Carr said the two suspects also were at the location.
He said the meth was being stored at the business.
The California Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration also are involved in the ongoing investigation, Carr said.