Four federal agencies investigated drug trafficking organization Working in Western Washington. They monitored for “thousands of hours”, intercepted hundreds of calls and text messages, and used other law enforcement techniques to track their illegal activities.
But it wasn’t until he discovered the 10-acre property in Arlington where group leader Cesar Valdez lived that he discovered where his drug shipment was stored: underground.
Valdez, a Mexican with no permanent resident card and no criminal record, used multiple cell phones to communicate with his operators, who distributed drugs in the area. he traveled to california pick up the goods and pay your suppliers, According to the indictment.
Agents from the DEA, the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have heard Valdez talk about “hundreds of thousands of dollars” several times and even even talked about commit violent acts against members of his own network, whom he believed were stealing narcotics from him.
The court documents allege, “Wiretaps and other investigative techniques uncovered a larger conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin, as well as large quantities of counterfeit oxycodone pills with fentanyl and cocaine.” “
“They also uncovered a propensity for violence by members of a drug trafficking organization, as evidenced by the intercepted communication below following the seizure of an approximately 49-pound shipment of methamphetamine,” it adds.
When police arrested Valdez at the Snoqualmie casino in the early hours of December 16, 2020, there were three firearms in his vehicle, one with a home-made silencer.
One of the pistols seized It was loaded and gold plated on it. They also confiscated more than $50,000 in cash from his hand, his pants pocket, the glove compartment of the car and a backpack kept near him. Prosecutors say he went to the casino to rob money.
This is how he discovered the drug
The same day, investigators discovered several properties linked to the narco, including a 10-acre property in Arlington, where they were spying on him.
first stash They found him under an ATV Raptor all-terrain vehicle, with which they were trying to hide a wooden box they had buried two feet deep. They put a layer of gravel on top. Inside was another plastic box, where they kept Four kilograms of methamphetamine.
They kept looking until they found a circular wooden board under a layer of soil. While moving it, they found several wrapped packages containing varying amounts of methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin.
Agents are also located 10 firearms, including an AR-15 rifle and a shotgun, as well as a scale and a drug sales record book. The AR-15 rifle was equipped with an attachment on the end for attaching a suppressor.
Night halted the search and while the land remained under police guard, several vehicles belonging to Valdez associates “slowly passed through the property,” the indictment describes.
Search resumed the next morning, agents found stack of logs The ATV cut just off the trail, about 300 feet from the fenced part of the property, next to a cement pit.
While removing a one- to two-foot layer of tree stubble and dirt, officers found a plastic tub containing an ice chest and a five-gallon bucket, both sealed with cellophane and red tape. was in 47 pounds of methamphetamine.
“During this time, a vehicle, which matched the description of one previously operated by another member of a drug trafficking organization, gradually overtook that location,” the indictment states.
There was another hiding place under the BMW car. Upon shaking it and digging in the gravel, they found two wooden boxes, one of which contained Two kg of heroin and about 10,000 fentanyl tablets. was in another compartment $290,000 in cash.
two statues of holy dead And a Jesus Malverde, Inside the wooden boxes were also pictures of him being worshiped by smugglers to protect their criminal activities.
Cesar Valdez pleaded guilty this week to federal drug, weapons and money laundering charges.
He now faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. A hearing on his sentencing was scheduled for October 4.