Two California men arrested for meth in Brookings

BROOKINGS, S.D.(KJJQ)- Brookings Police and South Dakota Highway Patrol make a huge methamphetamine bust.

Brookings Police Detective Adam Smith says it started with a traffic complaint at about 9:30 Sunday morning.

Officers located the vehicle at a gas station on the 3000 Block of Lefevre Drive. While speaking with the occupants, an officer observed factors of criminal activity. A police dog at the scene detected the presence of drugs. A search of the vehicle uncovered about 30-pounds of suspected methamphetamine and one-pound of fentanyl. Officers also
seized $5,100 cash. The estimated street value of the drugs is $150,000.

Arrested were 55-year-old Jose Gonzalez and 28-year-old Marquez Gonzales, both from Gonzales, California. They’re facing charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, ingestion of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court records, both men have previous criminal activity.