Thursday, March 6, 2008


Great job SAPD!! This comes on the heels of another large bust yesterday also reported below.

33 pounds of cocaine seized on S.W. Side

San Antonio police confiscated 33 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop on the Southwest Side on Wednesday evening, authorities said.

Officers pulled over a 29-year-old man at 5:45 p.m. in the 7800 block of New Laredo Highway during a traffic stop, said Lt. Adolph Zuniga of the San Antonio Police Department's narcotics unit.

Officers found bricks of cocaine, worth a street value of $1 million to $1.5 million, in the truck's back seat. No money was found during the search. The driver consented to having his truck searched, Zuniga said.

The unidentified man faces federal charges of possessing narcotics.

"We've seen an increase in narcotics trafficking in the San Antonio area," Zuniga said, standing in front of the cocaine bricks lying on the truck's lift gate. "It was great to be able to seize that amount."

Traffic stop leads to confiscation of drugs
An improper lane change on Interstate 10 on Tuesday night led San Antonio police to arrest two motorists and confiscate more than 16 pounds of cocaine and $125,000. Two men are in federal custody, a police report said.
Federico Manzano, 28, and Julian Vasquez Casa, 34, were charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to police. The two are being held without bond pending a hearing.
Police detectives had been watching the men. An informant told police they were drug dealers and would be carrying a large amount of drugs and cash Tuesday, the report said.
After watching what police believed were several drug deals, officers in a marked patrol car spotted a 2004 Cadillac Escalade improperly change lanes on eastbound I-10 near West Avenue, the report said.
The Escalade was stopped, and its driver was found to have an expired license, the report said. A search of the vehicle turned up 11 pounds of cocaine.

A warrant was obtained to search the men's apartment, at which officials found the money and more cocaine Wednesday morning, the report said.