News Release
Date: March 05, 2012
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
Number: 415-436-7994

Three Charged in One of the Largest Methamphetamine Seizures in American History

MAR 05 - (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 announce that Alberto Rodriguez, Carlos Aguilar, and Liliana Lopez, all of San Jose, were charged today in connection with one of the largest methamphetamine seizures in American History.

They were charged and arraigned with the following state law violations: conspiracy to transport a controlled substance; manufacturing a controlled substance; possession for sale of a controlled substance; child endangerment; quantity enhancements; and a gang enhancement as the investigation is believed to be tied to a Mexican drug trafficking organization.

Their next court appearance is set for March 13, 2012, in Department 23 of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County Hall of Justice at 2:00 pm. Bail is currently set at $2 million for each of the defendants.

On March 1, 2012, detectives from the Palo Alto Police Department Investigative Services Division were following up on stolen iPads. Their investigation led them to an apartment located on the 4400 block of the Woods Drive in San Jose. 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.

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.

The charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.