2017-09-01 / Community

Cops make giant meth haul

By Becca Whitnall


BREAKING BAD— Over 17 pounds of neatly packaged meth—and 2 nunchucks—were discovered during a traffic stop last week in Simi Valley. 
Courtesy of VCSO BREAKING BAD— Over 17 pounds of neatly packaged meth—and 2 nunchucks—were discovered during a traffic stop last week in Simi Valley. Courtesy of VCSO Police seized 17 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of over $600,000 during a traffic stop in Simi Valley last week, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said.

The stop, initiated by the California Highway Patrol, happened around 4:40 p.m. Aug. 24 on Erringer Road near the 118 Freeway. The two men inside a pickup truck had been suspected of involvement in the drug trade, said Sgt. Jose Rivera of VCSO’s East County narcotics unit.

“We knew they were involved in methamphetamine distribution, and we obviously had them on our radar,” Rivera said. “We saw them that day, and we ended up following them and calling in the CHP to assist.”

Arrested on suspicion of drug distribution and transportation were Monte Osborn, 62, of Burbank, and Eddie Moreno, 31, of the San Fernando Valley.

Both have entered not guilty pleas and remain in Ventura County jail awaiting their next court appearance, according to Ventura County Superior Court records.

The bulk of the meth was found in eight foil-wrapped glass baking dishes hidden in the back of the truck, police said. Two nunchucks were also found.

Though law enforcement officials are seeing an increase in meth in the area, it’s not their greatest worry, they said.

“Our biggest headache is heroin,” Rivera said, adding that it’s cheaper than pain medication.

The officer said the latest trend is lacing the drug with fentanyl, an opioid pain medication.

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