2 San Fernando Valley Men Arrested on Suspicion of Trafficking Meth, Heroin

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Arleta Men arrested on suspicion of selling meth on Nov. 22, 2019. (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff's Office)

Arleta Men arrested on suspicion of selling meth on Nov. 22, 2019. (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)

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Two men were arrested after investigators found several pounds of methamphetamine inside their San Fernando Valley residence, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

In August, detectives received information that Gilberto Jimenez, 39, and Edward Rodriguez, 54, were allegedly selling meth. After a three-month investigation, officials determined the men were working together to house and distribute the drugs, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Deputies said the men ran the operation out of Rodriguez’s home on Remington Street, which is in Pacoima, in Los Angeles County. But the case was investigated by a Ventura County task force dedicated to apprehending traffickers impacting the region.

Investigators say a search warrant served at the residence last Friday turned up 8 pounds of meth and one and a half pounds of heroin.

Both men were subsequently arrested outside Rodriguez’s home on suspicion of possession of meth and heroin with an intent to sell, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Meth seized in Arleta home on Nov. 22, 2019. (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff's Office)
Meth seized in Arleta home on Nov. 22, 2019. (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies say Rodriguez was already wanted on a $70,000 domestic violence arrest warrant out of Victorville, and he was allegedly found to be a convicted felon in possession of ammunition.

Jail records show Jimenez was released on bond while Rodriguez remained in custody on $135,000 bail.

Rodriguez is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 2, while Jimenez is set to go before a judge Dec. 12, the booking records show.

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