Drug dealerGerardo Medina Hernandez
, 26, of Anaheim, has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison for stashing more than 90 pounds of black tar heroin in false compartments of a car in an Anaheim garage last year.
The punishment was handed down Wednesday after Hernandez pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession for sale of a controlled substance with a sentencing enhancement for possessing heroin exceeding 10 kilograms in weight.
On April 4, 2009, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement agents, Inglewood police and members of a multi-agency task force surveilling Hernandez watched him pull packages from two compartments built into the front wheel wells of his 2005 Toureg and put them into a cooler in his garage in the 1700 block of West Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim.
According to the Orange County District Attorney's Office:
After leaving the garage, Hernandez went to a nearby Target store. Upon leaving the store, he was contacted by officers who asked the defendant what he had been doing. Hernandez responded, "Bad things." When asked by the officers what was inside the garage, Hernandez replied, "Negra," a Spanish slang term for heroin.
In a subsequent search of the garage, narcotics officers discovered the heroin, some of which was still in the car. The rest had been removed from the vehicle and was lying on the floor or had been packed into coolers.
Hernandez was arrested, and by the time authorities stopped weighing the packs, they realized they had 95 pounds of smack worth an estimated $10 million on the street. State Attorney General Jerry Brown hailed it as the largest seizure in the history of the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, the oldest anti-narcotics agency in the country.
A Mexican native with a green card, Hernandez had been using the apartment to store narcotics and had no furniture inside except for from some air mattresses and a television.
As we previously noted in It's a Quick Read 27, Orange County Register readers jumped all over Hernandez's immigration status as revealed in the paper's online coverage of the bust.
"'Hernandez, 25, a native of Mexico with a green card . . .' enough said," wrote one commenter.
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"Still has his gren [sic] card and 3 hots and a cot at our expence [sic]," added another.
The best observation came from SweetPig:
"Note to self: Close the garage door BEFORE unloading huge quantities of illegal narcotics."
Word to your dealer.