In August 2010, it was the largest meth bust in U.S. history. More than 610 pounds of crystal methamphetamine (street value $200 million), 15 pounds of cocaine and at least nine arrests. This week, one of those arrested, Hector Salazar-Borrayo, 45, of Gilroy, was sentenced to 14.5 years in prison.
"This was a case that got a whole lot of attention," said Alan Barcelona, president of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association which represents state Department of Justice (DOJ) special agents who participated in the lengthy and dangerous investigation. "Special agents worked with local and federal officers for the better part of a year to seize a gigantic lab run by a Mexican drug cartel. The lab was supplying the entire Central Valley."
To date, four of those arrested have been sentenced with sentences ranging from nine to 16 years. A fifth defendant is scheduled for sentencing on March 5, 2013.
Charges are pending against four other suspects.
"Unfortunately, this case didn't put an end to Mexican drug cartels trafficking drugs in California," said Barcelona. "We must remain diligent. We thank all of our DOJ special agents who stand in harm's way as they fight to rid our state of illegal drugs and the violence that is associated with it. "