Federal Indictment Handed Down in $3 Million Cocaine Seizure

Aug 22, 2013 4:51 PM

By Nick Dobis, News Web/Social Media Producer

A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment against 27-year-old Andres Guzman, the man arrested earlier this month in Glenn County after a CHP traffic stopand search of his car yielded 30 kilos of cocaine.

More details about Guzman’s arrest have also been released by the grand jury.

Court documents state on August 1, a CHP officer stopped Guzman near the Tehama/Glenn County line after he was observed speeding on northbound I-5. During the traffic stop, a K-9 Unit walked around Guzman’s vehicle until the dog alerted his handler, indicating narcotics were in the car.

A search of Guzman’s vehicle revealed two hidden compartments in the back passenger seat. Officers eventually discovered the 30 kilograms of cocaine Guzman was transporting, an estimated street value of approximately $3 million dollars. Guzman was eventually handed over to DEA agents a few days after the arrest.

If convicted, Guzman faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. All sentences will officially be determined at the discretion of the court.

On August 10, CHP conducted another traffic stop on a vehicle again on northbound I-5, this time just north of Willows. After a subsequent search, officers located 9 kilograms of cocaine in a hidden compartment, an estimated street value of $900,000. Both 25-year-old Isirdo Martinez-Olmos of Portland, Ore., And 36 year-old Jose Hernandez-Ruiz of Vancouver, Wash., were booked into the Glenn County Jail.

Lt. Sean Arlyn, the GLINTF commander, told Action News Now in a previous report although GLINTF made three arrests and confiscated nearly $4 million dollars of cocaine on Interstate 5 in Glenn County within the first two weeks of August, there is little evidence to support the two incidents are connected: Evidence Suggests Glenn County Cocaine Arrests Not Connected.


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