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HCDTF: 2 suspects arrested in possibly largest heroin seizure in Humboldt County history

Edgar Barragan-Castano (left) and Adrian Carlos Cota-Alonso

Agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) believe they conducted the largest one-time heroin seizure in Humboldt County history Sunday afternoon.

Adrian Carlos Cota-Alonso and Edgar Barragan-Castano were detained during a traffic stop conducted in the 1000 block of Hookton Road in Loleta after agents say they found a false compartment in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle they were driving containing about 12 pounds of suspected heroin. The suspected drugs were packaged for sales, according to the sheriff's office. Agents also say they seized over $6,000 in cash, which they believe to be profits from drug sales. The sheriff's office says both suspects are from Sonora, Mexico.

Agents previously received information and received a search warrant for the vehicle before conducting the stop around 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. The sheriff's office says it established probable cause that the suspects were distributing multiple pounds of heroin in Humboldt County.

Cota-Alonso and Barragan-Castano were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Jail on charges of possession and transportation of controlled substances for the purpose of sales. Agents were granted bail enhancements for both, setting their bail at $100,000 each.

The sheriff's office says the arrests were made with the assistance of a narcotic detection K9 and the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office.

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