News Release
April 02 , 2009
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
Phone Number: 213-621-6827

DEA Task Force Seizes 13 Pounds of Meth from Home in
Palm Springs

Two Coachella Valley Residents Arrested

Methamphetamine seized on 3/31/09 in Palm Springs that has been packaged for sale in one-ounce bindles
Methamphetamine seized on 3/31/09 in Palm Springs that has been packaged for sale in one-ounce bindles

APR 02 --(LOS ANGELES) – On April 1, 2009, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Timothy J. Landrum announced the arrest of two residents of the Coachella Valley on federal narcotics trafficking charges after a DEA task force searched a Palm Springs house and discovered 13 pounds of methamphetamine that had been packaged for sale.

A federal criminal complaint filed on April 1, 2009, in United States District Court in Los Angeles charges Jeremias Gutierrez-Bello, 40, of Palm Springs with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Francisco Ozuna, also known as Chico, 32, of Desert Hot Springs was charged in a separate criminal complaint filed last week for distribution of methamphetamine. Court documents allege that Ozuna obtained his methamphetamine from the Palm Springs house where Gutierrez resided and where the methamphetamine was found yesterday.

Loose methamphetamine that is being packaged for sale at a house in Palm Springs seized on 3/31/09

The affidavit in support of Gutierrez’s criminal complaint states that the methamphetamine found in Gutierrez’s home was spread throughout the residence, including in a room which had children's toys and belongings. In total, investigators seized approximately 6,096 grams of methamphetamine, most of which was packaged for sale in one-ounce bindles. Investigators also found a drug scale, plastic baggies, an estimated $180,000 in cash and four firearms.

A criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court.

Yesterday’s enforcement action was conducted by the DEA Palm Springs Narcotics Task Force, with assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The DEA Palm Springs Narcotics Task Force is comprised of agents and officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Indio Police Department, the Palm Springs Police Department, the Cathedral City Police Department and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

 

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