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Manteca investigation leads to almost 3 pounds of heroin

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POSTED June 4, 2013 1:36 a.m.

A narcotics probe that began in Manteca led Street Crimes Unit detectives to Stockton on Thursday where they located nearly three pounds of heroin with the assistance of the MPD Gang Unit.

Sgt. Jodie Estarziau said officers served a search warrant on a residence in the 2100 block of Argonaut Street in Stockton in addition to a storage locker that had been rented by the suspect in Stockton.

Street Crime Unit officers seized a quarter pound of heroin, scales and packaging material and more than $10,000 in cash,  as well as a 2013 Toyota Avalon and a 2010 Toyota Camry.  A loaded shotgun was also seized by officers.

Later at the storage locker, the SCU seized another 2 ½ pounds of heroin.  Andrew Rojas, 59, of Stockton was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for possession of heroin for sale and for being an addict in possession of a firearm.  Bail was set at $600,000.

Sgt. Estarziau said that based on the information obtained at the suspect’s residence, detectives from SCU then wrote a search warrant for a residence in the 700 block of North King Road in San Jose.  She said that the SCU seized a 2012 Nissan Rogue at the residence, a Cartier watch and diamond earrings all of which belonged to the suspect.

Rojas is scheduled to appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court on June 6 at 1:30 p.m.

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