Federal charges in Tehama County bust
A man arrested in Tehama County on suspicion of being in possession of 30 kilograms of cocaine has been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with a count of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.
Andres Guzman, 27, of Los Angeles, was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer on Aug. 1 in Tehama County just north of the Glenn County line after his vehicle was observed speeding on northbound Interstate 5.
As the CHP officer walked his narcotics detection canine around the exterior of Guzman's vehicle, the dog alerted on the vehicle.
A search of Guzman's vehicle revealed two hidden compartments in the back passenger area, from which CHP officers removed 30 cellophane wrapped packages, each filled with what turned out to be cocaine.
The bags were weighed and the packages were determined to weigh approximately one kilogram each, for a total of approximately 30 kilograms. The drugs were reported to have a street value of $3 million.
Guzman was arrested by a Glenn Interagency Narcotics Task Force agent and booked into the Glenn County Jail. He was later taken into custody by the Drug Enforcement Agency on federal charges. He is being held without bail.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the California Highway Patrol, the Glenn County Sheriff's Office, and the Tehama County Sheriff's Office.
Assistant United States Attorney Michael D. McCoy is prosecuting the case.