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Originally published: 2012-12-13 11:46:43
Last modified: 2012-12-13 11:46:43

More money seized from meth house

Detectives seized an additional $68,000 Wednesday from a home where police recently located about a pound of crystal meth, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, Boone Police Department and the N.C. Department of Revenue returned to the home at 671-B Howard’s Creek Road in Boone on Wednesday as part of the ongoing investigation.

The residence was home to Luis Enrique Garcia and Javier Sanchez Chavez, who detectives arrested Dec. 7 after a search warrant that located the crystal meth. Police identified the second man last week as Javier Gomez Sanchez.

The drugs had an estimated street value of $57,120, and police said they believed the men were among the largest distributors of meth in Watauga County.

The sheriff’s office said the additional money seized was direct proceeds from the sale of methamphetamine.

“It is clear that these narcotics officers, working together as a cohesive team, struck a major blow to this particular organized methamphetamine distribution ring,” Sheriff Len Hagaman said. “Without question, the seizure of large amounts of currency, in concert with the actual seizure of the narcotics, delivers a devastating blow to their drug organization.

“What is sad is that these seizures of currency are often times greater than many of our honest and hard-working citizens make in multiple years’ worth of salary.”

The investigation is still ongoing, and police say they expect to make more arrests.