Mira Loma man accused of transporting 149 pounds of cocaine, 17 pounds of heroin
By Brian Rokos
A Mira Loma man and a second defendant are due to be arraigned Friday, Dec. 1, in Riverside County Superior Court on charges that they ferried large amounts of illegal drugs from a stash house using a tactic known as a vehicle switch.
Guillermo Enrique Alvarez-Acosta, 37, and Ramiro Martinez, 38, of Chula Vista, are charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance for sale and one count of transporting a controlled substance for sale.
The criminal complaint and declaration written to obtain an arrest warrant also allege that they transported about 68 kilograms (149 pounds) of cocaine and 8 kilograms (17 pounds) of heroin before their car was pulled over in Murrieta.
Both men are in custody with bail set at $1 million each.
The case began in September 2015 when information from wiretaps on Roberto Canchola Jr., the subject of a narcotics investigation, was provided to Homeland Security Investigations, according to the declaration written by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s detective.
Martinez was identified as a narcotics courier and stash house operator. Martinez would pick up a vehicle provided by a courier away from the stash house, drive it to the stash house, load the vehicle with drugs and return it to the courier.
That way, the detective wrote, if the courier in possession of illegal drugs were stopped by law enforcement, he would not be able to provide the location of the stash house.
On May 3, 2017, Martinez was seen driving a Mercedes into a garage at a home known as a stash house on 4th Avenue in Chula Vista, the declaration said. Martinez later drove the Mercedes away.
Homeland Security Investigations officers followed the Mercedes to Ash Street, where Martinez parked, walked away and entered a Ford Taurus. Martinez drove the Taurus to the stash house. A few minutes later, Martinez […]