By Jennifer Pierce, NEWS 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma County Sheriff's Deputies recovered about $500,000 worth of heroine in a raid Thursday afternoon in southwest Oklahoma City.
Deputies have recovered at least 10 to 12 pounds of black tar, brown Mexican heroin at the 3,000 block of SW 86th Street, Sheriff John Whetsel said.
Whetsel said the bust is a result of an eight-month drug investigation. Deputies also recovered $100,000 in cash.
According to police there are five people in custody. Jose Guadalupe Arrellanos-Meza, 29, Carlos Alberto Barrientos, 36, Carlos Perez, 29, Miguel Angel Arrellano-Barrientos, 27, and Santiago Serano-Rameriz, 38, were all arrested.
Arrellanos-Meza and Barrientos were pulled over during a routine traffic stop, and police used a utility bill found in their vehicle to find the location of the drugs. The suspects would have buyers follow them to various locations to make the drug sales.
It's estimated the herion was selling for up to $45,000 per pound.
The men involved in the drug sales never sold their merchandise from the home, which made it difficult for undercover officers to pinpoint their location.
One of the confiscated cell phones showed a record of over 16,000 phone calls, which shows the extent of the drug dealings. Deputies also confisctated three loaded hand-guns and impounded six vehicles.
The suspects hid the drugs in the drive-shaft of at least two of the vehicles recovered at the scene to get the merchandise across the U.S. Mexico border, Sheriff Whetsel said.