The Central Valley is known as the meth capital of the United States.
You don’t have to look far to find it. A gated community off of Scott Creek Drive in an upscale newer part of Stockton, is the spot where Manteca Police uncovered a meth lab.
The criminal enterprise was up and running for a year, during the bust police found $1.2 million in drugs.
“I’m shocked this would happen in this type of neighborhood,” said a resident who knew something wasn’t right.
He was too afraid to show his face on camera.
The home at 5250 Toki Lane is where the meth was being cooked. Neighbors recognize 42-year-old Rafael Medina as the man who was always here. He was arrested, but made bail.
“We have security that runs through here twice a day and nothing was ever reported,” said a neighbor.
What was reported, is two of the weapons seized are stolen. One handgun is from Covina and another from the Stockton area. A deadly illegal assault rifle was found on Medina. In all, five homes in San Joaquin County were searched.
The kingpin of this operation is still out there, he lived in Manteca at 1028 Cottage Avenue. His girlfriend, Lorena Farias was caught at the home. Inside a stash of illegal substances and children playing just feet away.
She’s sitting in jail on half a million dollar bail.
Detectives uncovered $50,000 in cash and another $51,000 in a bank account.
500 marijuana plants were seized and 300 pounds of it’d easy to be sold. Manteca detectives zeroed-in on the players of this large scale drug ring. The kingpin’s brother and his girlfriend were tracked down. Now police are on the hunt for the mastermind of this illegal operation.
It took a lot of law enforcement agencies to get the job done. Four Manteca detectives worked on the case for one year. The detectives used additional resources to complete the sweep: Manteca Gang Suppression Unit, Ripon Police, Stockton Police Gang Unit, San Joaquin Delta R.A.T, and the San Joaquin Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force.