20 Pounds of Meth Reportedly Seized During Traffic Stop in Fresno County
Photos courtesy of Merced CHP
Originally published by Merced CHP:
“A California Highway Patrol (CHP) sergeant seized more than 20 pounds of crystal methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 (I-5) in Fresno County. The discovery of the drugs, with an estimated street value of approximately $181,000, resulted in the arrest of Juan Carlos Jimenez, 24, of Santa Clara, California.
On Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, at 2:50 p.m., a Central Valley CHP K-9 sergeant conducted an enforcement stop on a 2013 Honda Civic for a traffic violation. The stop occurred on northbound I-5 at Russell Avenue. During the contact, the sergeant determined the driver was unlicensed. While conducting a vehicle inventory prior to impounding the Honda, the sergeant located approximately 20 pounds of crystal methamphetamine inside a plastic tote within the trunk compartment of the Honda.
The driver, Jimenez, was arrested and the case was turned over to the Fresno High Impact Investigation Team, which is a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative (HIDTA) composed of law enforcement personnel from the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation; the California Department of Justice; the California Highway Patrol; CACorrections and Rehabilitation; the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Kings County Sheriff’s Office; and the Fresno Police Department
Fresno Police Department. Jimenez was booked into the Fresno County Jail on the charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale, and the transportation of methamphetamine across noncontiguous counties.”