Local police lead major drug bust in ‘Iron Triangle’
on December 24, 2009
Police this week announced a drug bust in which more than $1 million worth of cocaine was confiscated. It is one of the largest drug seizures in Richmond history.
On Dec. 17 Richmond police, working jointly with FBI agents, served two search warrants, resulting in the seizure of 10 kilos of cocaine – about 22 pounds – and five arrests, according to Sgt. Bisa French.
The warrants, which were served on locations inside the city’s notorious “Iron Triangle” area, were the culmination of a year-long joint investigation conducted by Richmond Police’s Special Investigations Unit, FBI, and WestNET, French wrote in a press release.
WestNet is a regional law enforcement collaborative operated by the state’s Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement.
All 10 kilograms of cocaine were found in a vehicle at one of the search locations.
The five arrested were identified as Francisco Cruz, 37, Jose Cruz, 35, Casimiro Cruz, 22, Edwin Garcia, 20 and Juan Alcazar, 44. They face federal indictments on drug trafficking charges.
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