Two Buckley men were charged Feb. 3 with five counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell.
Augustin Gutierrez-Valencia, 24, is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail and Gerardo Danesta Dias, 25, is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail. Both have entered a “not guilty” plea.
Gutierrez-Valencia was charged with three of the five counts. He is charged with unlawful possession and intent to sell methamphetamine, Oxycodone and heroin. Danesta Dias is charged with the unlawful possession and intent to sell methamphetamine and heroin.
On Feb. 2, the Tacoma Police Department conducted an extensive search of their residence.
The search turned up $91,000 cash and a bottle containing 425 Oxycodone pills, found in the master bedroom.
In the garage, police searched a hidden compartment in a sport utility vehicle and found seven packages containing a total of 31.48 pounds of methamphetamine. Authorities believe the SUV was used to transport meth from Los Angeles to Washington.
Officers had been tracking the whereabouts of the vehicle for several weeks, according to the charging documents.
On Jan. 26, the vehicle was pulled over in Oregon and then followed to the Buckley residence.
Also found during the search were a number of plastic jugs and packing material.
Field tests were positive for traces of heroin and meth throughout the residence.
“This was a major drug bust in an ongoing effort to stop the methamphetamine pipeline from Mexico,” Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a press release.