General Crime

* Luis Luna, Adan Meraz, Rigoberto Maldonado,Francisco Miranda, Rafael Valencia, Manuel Rosas, Vicente Sanchez, Arrested for Alleged Cocaine Possession in East Palo Alto

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Authorities arrested seven people Thursday after discovering about five pounds of cocaine and more than a half-pound of crystal methamphetamine at a home in East Palo Alto, a police commander said today. The arrests were made after a month-long undercover operation conducted by the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force in cooperation with the East Palo Alto and Menlo Park police departments. At about 8:05 a.m. Thursday, authorities executed a search warrant at a home in the 2300 block of Ralmar Avenue in East Palo Alto, according to East Palo Alto police Cmdr. Marc Alcantara. During a search of the home, authorities found about 5 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of $180,000, and more than a half-pound of
crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $135,000. Seven people were arrested at the home for possession of cocaine
and methamphetamine for sale.  Luis Luna, 28, of Redwood City; Adan Meraz, 33, of Redwood City; Rigoberto Maldonado, 32, of Union City; Francisco Miranda, 23, of East Palo Alto; Rafael Valencia, 39, of East Palo Alto; Manuel Rosas, 21, of Turlock; and Vicente Sanchez, 31, of Menlo Park were arrested. Rosas was also arrested for an outstanding warrant from Merced County for possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, and a weapon charge, Alcantara said.  All of the suspects were booked into San Mateo County jail and have had bail set at $5.3 million except for Rosas, whose bail was set at $5.5 million because of the outstanding warrant.

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