TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Augustin Gutierrez-Valencia, 24, and Gerardo Danesta Dias, 25, with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. They pleaded not guilty. Gutierrez-Valencia is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, and Danesta Dias is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
“This was a major drug bust in an ongoing effort to stop the methamphetamine pipeline from Mexico,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
On Feb. 2, 2015, following an extensive investigation, police served a search warrant at the defendants’ Buckley residence. Inside the home, officers discovered $91,000 cash, 425 oxycodone pills, and several ounces of methamphetamine and heroin. Police searched a hidden compartment in an SUV and found more than 31 pounds of methamphetamine. The defendants used this vehicle to transport drugs from Los Angeles to Washington State.
Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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