News Release
Date: March 02, 2012
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
Number: 415-436-7994

One of the Largest Methamphetamine Seizures in American History
--750 Pounds Seized in San Jose, California--

MAR 02 - (San Jose, CA) — Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams, Palo Alto Police Department Chief Dennis Burns, San Jose Police Department Chief Chris Moore, and Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced one of the largest domestic methamphetamine seizures in history. 

On March 1, 2012, detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department Investigative Services Division were following up on a case involving stolen iPads. Their investigation led them to an apartment located on the 4400 block of the Woods Drive in San Jose, California. Detectives conducted a preliminary search of the residence for the stolen property and observed a large quantity of methamphetamine. Detectives contacted the San Jose Police Department and Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for assistance, who subsequently contacted the DEA San Jose Resident Office.

A state search warrant was obtained for the location. As law enforcement began to conduct an initial search of the residence they found what they believed was a methamphetamine conversion laboratory, where methamphetamine was being converted to an “ice” or crystal form. Ice methamphetamine has the appearance that is often described as that of broken glass or shattered ice and is ingested by smoking. A DEA Clandestine Laboratory Team responded to the location for processing.   

As a result of the investigation officers seized approximately 750 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of $34 million. Multiple items believed to be stolen from Palo Alto were recovered from the location as well. Three individuals were arrested on state drug violations. All aspects of the investigation are ongoing.