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Undercover Buy Nets $5M in Meth, Some Stored in Frosted Flakes Box

Stored in these boxes, an estimated $5 million in meth was recovered Jan. 10, 2014 in Murrieta. Photo/Murrieta Police Department
Stored in these boxes, an estimated $5 million in meth was recovered Jan. 10, 2014 in Murrieta. Photo/Murrieta Police Department
Three members of a suspected drug trafficking ring based in Hemet were jailed in lieu of $1 million bail after they allegedly delivered 50 pounds of methamphetamine - some of it in a Kellogg's Frosted Flakes box - to an undercover task force officer in Murrieta, police announced Thursday.

The arrests on Jan. 10 in the 41300 block of Kalmia Street and the 24600 block of Madison in Murrieta were the result of an infiltration of the Hemet-based group, according to inmate records and Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad.

Conrad did not specify where in Hemet the group was based and he was not immediately available to comment for this report.

After a day-long operation that took place in a commercial area of Murrieta, the three suspects arrested were identified as Donaciano Ramirez-Guerra, 36, Jovanny Aguirre, 22, and Jorge Hugo Guzman, 26, Conrad said in a statement.

The seized meth had an estimated street value of $5 million, Conrad said.

A photo taken by Murrieta police showed the packages of drugs were hidden inside cardboard boxes, including a blue Frosted Flakes box.

As of Thursday, Ramirez-Guerra was locked up at Smith Corrrectional in Banning, and Aguirre and Guzman were behind bars at Southwest Detention Center, where they were held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a felony, transportation of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine for sales purposes, according to inmate records and police.

They have court dates scheduled Feb. 19, inmate records showed.

Conrad said the take-down was a collaboration between Murrieta officers and the California Department of Justice Inland Allied Task Force - INCA - to which one Murrieta detective is assigned full-time.

The Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force was described as a multi-agency task force with participation by federal, state and local agencies targeting major Colombian and Mexican drug cartels within the Inland Empire region of the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

"Our detectives did assist with this operation," Conrad said. "This seizure represents the significant achievements that can be obtained when local, state and federal law enforcement partners work together to keep our communities drug free."

Reported by Patch editors Maggie Avants and Guy McCarthy
Jeremiah January 16, 2014 at 05:28 PM
What is with this article? What is pictured is not even close to 50lbs of meth or $5,000,000 dollars worth. Then there is the court date - according to law everyone has to be arraigned within 3 business days (72 hours) - Feb. 19th is far beyond that. Glad they got it, but accurate reporting would be nice as well. **** Jeremiah
Guy McCarthy (Editor) January 16, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Here's the full release from Murrieta PD: In January 2014, the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force (INCA) infiltrated a Mexican drug trafficking organization based in Hemet, CA. On January 10, 2014, suspects Donaciano RAMIREZ-GUERRA, Jovanny AGUIRRE and Jorge H. GUZMAN were arrested by members of the Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force (INCA) and the Murrieta Police Department Special Enforcement Team after they delivered 50 pounds of methamphetamine (gross weight) to an undercover task force officer. The operation took place in the City of Murrieta. RAMIREZ-GUERRA, AGUIRRE and GUZMAN were booked into the Southwest Riverside County Adult Detention Center pending the filing of charges for H&S 11379 - Transportation of Methamphetamine, H&S 11378 - Possession for Sales of Methamphetamine and PC 182- Conspiracy. Bail was set at $1,000,000 for each suspect. The street value of the 50 pounds of methamphetamine is estimated at $5,000,000. The Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force (INCA) is a multi-agency task force with participation by federal, state and local agencies targeting major Colombian and Mexican drug cartels within the Inland Empire region of the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. The Murrieta Police Department currently participates on the task force. This seizure represents the significant achievements that can be obtained when local, state and federal law enforcement partners work together to keep our communities drug free.
Guy McCarthy (Editor) January 16, 2014 at 05:42 PM
And inmate records for all three arrested show next court date 02/19/2014 08:30
Guy McCarthy (Editor) January 16, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Arrests were Jan. 10, announced today, they probably arraigned last week.
beaumontdave January 16, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Jeremiah, it looks like maybe half the haul in the photo, but that's just guessing. A nice bust and a load of crap that won't be making things worse in the area, good job LE.
Jeremiah January 16, 2014 at 06:36 PM
That would be my guess as well, BD. Gonna be some people asleep for about 3 days! Guy, the question on the reporting wasn't directed at your article - it was directed at the original release. If they were arrested Friday they were most likely arraigned Monday. There will be more on this story if it was from cartel sources - they don't take busts like this lightly and these guys (or at least one of them to make a point) may not make it to another court date. **** Jeremiah
ATC January 16, 2014 at 06:46 PM
I don't know. Those boxes are pretty large. Think about a 5 lb. bag of sugar. I could easily see 10 of those fitting inside those 3 boxes. And just a guess, but meth is likely heavier than sugar since it seems it would be finer.
Jeremiah January 16, 2014 at 07:04 PM
ATC - for the record because you did bring up an interesting point about the weight compared to sugar; pure methamphetamine is slightly less than 1/2 the weight of pure sugar. Chemically the weight is 149.233 g/mol for methamphetamine and 342.296 g/mol for sucrose (table sugar). **** Jeremiah
Libi Uremovic January 16, 2014 at 07:18 PM
finally - an article for which they can demonstrate their true expertise and infinite knowledge on a subject that the intellectuals know nothing about... ...............meth..........
Jeremiah January 16, 2014 at 07:47 PM
Pointless comment - all any "intellectual" as you call them has to do is look in just about any chemistry textbook concerning molecular mass and weight. Any "intellectual" doesn't even have to do that in this day and age - it is there on wikipedia and many other sites as well, already spelled out for you. So your veiled little dig at BeaumontDave, ATC, and myself kind of falls flat and shows you are not the "intellectual" on the high horse you would like people to believe you are. **** My advice would be for you to take care of business in Sacramento where you live and stay out of other people's business in a place where you've lost all credibility. **** Jeremiah
jackie noble January 16, 2014 at 11:56 PM
How about GREAT JOB LAW ENFORCEMENT !!!
Jeremiah January 17, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Aniko - what you are doing is called "trolling" and is frowned upon by the Bar Association. There is a proper time and place to advertise your services - please use it or be reported. **** Jeremiah
Rob Turmer January 17, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Yea, Aniko- all these guys caught redhanded with all this meth ON them and giving it over to a undercover cop to boot could be all be innocent. what defense you planning, that they found it all on the ground and searched out the cop to give it to? gimme a break.
Libi Uremovic January 17, 2014 at 03:59 PM
'...publish pictures of people before they are proven guilty....' the government takes advantage of people in this area because they're uneducated and fried on drugs, but it's not an excuse for the government to break the law..... if you're looking for 'werk' the city of beaumont just sat themselves up for an easy class-action lawsuit ....they've attached bond debt to the sewer bill without voter approval ...and it looks like they're making profit from the state regulations fees - http://www.ci.beaumont.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/18325
rubberband January 17, 2014 at 04:19 PM
Those are probably some REALLY Frosted Flakes...Tony says they're GREEEAAAATTT!.....then doesn't sleep for four days, sees and talks to GOD, decides his best friend and the dog are evil agents sent to kill him, wraps tinfoil around the mailbox and picks at invisible ants coming out of his skin. Drugs are awesome.
beaumontdave January 17, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Funny stuff RB, and quite likely to have occurred to some of the meth enthusiasts, of which I was one in the late eighties, so tell dear Libi that I came by my education the hard way. Tweeking is all it's cracked up to be.
Jeremiah January 17, 2014 at 04:51 PM
BD and RB - agreed! **** Jeremiah
Libi Uremovic January 17, 2014 at 04:57 PM
'... which I was one in the late eighties...' i lived in the west indies throughout the 80's ...i don't know anything about meth or crack or any of the new drugs that kids are doing today... while you boys were frying your brain while i was teaching myself a trade ...now i can sew anything from baby clothes to biminis ...
Libi Uremovic January 17, 2014 at 04:58 PM
'...Tweeking is all it's cracked up to be. ...' '... agreed! **** Jeremiah ...'
Jeremiah January 17, 2014 at 04:58 PM
But I do have to say, Libi, it isn't the government publishing pictures of people who are by law supposed to be innocent until proven guilty - it is the media stirring up readership and controversy for more hits and sales. **** And usually you are one of the worst at eating it up and making and publishing your own accusations before someone is proven guilty. So take your holier-than-thou attitude someplace else. **** Jeremiah
Jeremiah January 17, 2014 at 05:16 PM
You should know, Libi - you are the penultimate definition of a "tweaker"! **** Jeremiah
Rob Turmer January 17, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Libi with her constant complaints and insults bring down this whole site. What a difference from one thread to another, and who really comes off as smart. Try taking some notes from some of the others here libi, show some class.
Libi Uremovic January 17, 2014 at 07:57 PM
'....meth is an ass-kicker, lost some people to that and it SUCKED.... Libi, when do you laugh?...' grown men that fry their brains on drugs is nothing to 'laugh about' - the rest of us are burdened with providing for a massive demographic that never developed mentally or emotionally ...
Libi Uremovic January 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM
a few years ago a store in san diego was busted for selling paper bags containing a lighter, pipe, and a scouring pad...... i couldn't figure out what the scouring pad was for, so i started asking - people couldn't believe i didn't know about meth or crack ... they thought everybody did it.... so i said to a kid i worked with that was from a upper-middle family - "i thought crack and meth were 'ghetto drugs', am i wrong about that?" ...and he said: "no, not at all." then i asked my niece and nephew and they confirmed that they are indeed 'ghetto drugs' ..... ........................................................................................ the blacks had a theory that ghetto drugs were implanted into their communities by the government, but what people don't understand is that slavery isn't about race - it's about economics....
Jeremiah January 18, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Wow, Libi, those comments pretty much say it all, don't they? A real expert. **** Jeremiah
Stacey Hurtado January 19, 2014 at 09:58 AM
Is Libi high by chance? Just curious.
Jeremiah January 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM
You have to wonder sometimes. By the way, those recommends you see on her comments - she recommends her own comments **** Jeremiah
Annie G. January 19, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Good job. The Patch needs to drop the recommend feature, for they let you use it on yourself and thats crazy. I see recommends more than comments on a topic, all I think is RED FLAG that its not interesting. Those who magically always have a recommend under all their comments- repeat...RED FLAG that someone is not all there or is desparate for attention. Jerry has pinned that donkey. And drugs are REALLY bad. Just say no. To drugs. and the recommend key. NO
Annie G. January 19, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Hahahha...like the sarcasm thing you do...works everywhere and on everyone, LOL

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