Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Oakland Cops Seize $700,000 in Cocaine From 19-Year Old Illegal Alien

Sí, se puede. And then some.

This morning, InsideBayArea reports: OAKLAND, CA — A 19-year-old man who despite his youth is being described as a “major player” in the city’s narcotics trade has been arrested after more than $700,000 worth of cocaine and $178,000 in cash was seized at his house, police say.

Authorities said Monday that Jose Perez, who drives a tow truck for his family’s auto repair business, will be arraigned today on possession of cocaine for sale and other charges. He was being held on $50,000 bail.
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During the investigation, police identified Perez as a major player in Oakland’s lucrative narcotics trafficking enterprises who used his house in the 1200 block of 92nd Avenue as his stash pad, Karsseboom said.

He said Perez sold mainly to midlevel dealers in Oakland, but would also make sales in Richmond and parts of southern Alameda County. He said police believe Perez was selling up to 3 kilograms of cocaine a week, with a street value of $300,000.
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Karsseboom said Perez told police he had come to the United States from Mexico as a child but had never obtained a green card or become a citizen. He could face deportation if convicted. [Publisher’s note: “could face deportation?” Is anybody talking about immigration reform? INS should be visiting the whole Perez family]

The $178,000 was the largest amount of cash ever seized by the department’s Special Operations Group, which is part of the task force. The cocaine was the second largest amount ever seized by the operations group.

Guess that’s what they mean by “legal or illegal,” a day without an immigrant.

Un Día Sin Inmigrantes: No Mas?

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