California Highway Patrol Reportedly Seizes 11 Pounds of Cocaine in Fresno County

California Highway Patrol Reportedly Seizes 11 Pounds of Cocaine in Fresno County
Photo courtesy of CHP – Merced

“FRESNO, Calif. – California Highway Patrol (CHP) K-9 sergeant seized approximately 11 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 (I-5) in Fresno County. The discovery of the drugs, with an estimated street value of approximately $399,520 resulted in the arrest of Juan Manuel Castillo Barajas, 38, of Ceres, Ca.

On May 17, 2024, at 7 p.m., a Central Valley CHP K-9 sergeant conducted an enforcement stop on a 2015 Toyota Tacoma for a traffic violation. The stop occurred on northbound I-5 at Nees Avenue. During the contact, the sergeant noted several factors that led him to believe the male driver was engaged in criminal activity. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a gym bag containing approximately 11 pounds of Cocaine.

The driver, Barajas, was arrested, and the case was turned over to the Fresno High Impact Investigation Team (HIIT), which is a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative composed of law enforcement personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the California Department of Justice; the CHP; the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, the Fresno, Madera, and Kings Counties Sheriff’s Offices; and the Fresno Police Department. Barajas was booked into the Fresno County Jail on the charges of possession of cocaine for sale, and transportation of cocaine across noncontiguous counties.”

Originally published by CHP – Merced
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California Highway Patrol Reportedly Seizes 11 Pounds of Cocaine in Fresno County was last modified: May 24th, 2024 by admin
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