Agents from the state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement today arrested a Mexican national, Adam Alfonso Herrera, and seized 70 pounds of heroin from his Lincoln Town Car on Sacramento Street in East Palo Alto, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. has announced.
Herrera allegedly stashed the heroin in a secret compartment of his car, Brown said. "With a street value of $7 million, this is the largest heroin seizure ever made in San Mateo County."
Herrera, 27, is a native of Mexico and a known associate of the Sac Street Gang, a violent East Palo Alto street gang with ties to Mexican drug-trafficking organizations, the Attorney General's Office stated in a press release. Herrera has prior arrests for domestic abuse, kidnapping and providing false information to a police officer.
As part of the investigation, agents served a search warrant on Herrera's home at 559 Sacramento St. in East Palo Alto and on his car. Agents discovered a small amount of heroin in the house, officials said.
Subsequently, agents found approximately 70 pounds of heroin stashed in a secret compartment in the dashboard of the Town Car. The Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement determined the street value of the heroin is in excess of $7 million.
Herrera was arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail for possession of heroin for sale and for possession of a hidden compartment. Bail was set at $5 million, according to the Attorney General's Office.
The Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, operated by the Office of the Attorney General, is the oldest narcotic enforcement bureau in the United States. It targets major drug dealers, violent career criminals, clandestine drug manufacturers and violators of prescription drug laws, according to its website.