A Thurston County Narcotics Task Force operation in Tumwater late last week resulted in two arrests and the seizure of 30 pounds of methamphetamine, which has an approximate street value of $150,000.
A confidential source assisted detectives in the operation. They met the drug dealers at the Home Depot on Kingswood Drive last Thursday, where they negotiated a price of $2,500 per pound for the meth.
The next day, the confidential source met one of the men at the Comfort Inn on 74th Ave SW to make the exchange. Once the source verified that the full 30 pounds of meth was in the dealer’s vehicle, teams moved in and made the arrest.
Another male involved in the negotiation at Home Depot was also placed into custody and booked into the Thurston County Jail, but was released Monday after prosecutors declined to find probable cause to charge him with a crime.
The male who brought the meth to the hotel has been identified as Hector Diaz-Bucio, of Seattle. He was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver-Methamphetamine. Diaz-Bucio admitted to detectives that he brought 30 pounds of “Ice” to the hotel. “Ice” is a street term for methamphetamine. He told them that he met with the driver
of the white car parked next to him and they agreed to $2,500 per pound.
Diaz-Bucio made his preliminary court appearance Monday afternoon. He was released on bail shortly after that appearance. Arraignment was set for April 20th.
Detectives seized the pickup truck Diaz-Bucio drove to the hotel. They later served a search warrant on the vehicle. They found 30 ziplock bags, filled with one pound of methamphetamine each, inside two separate gym bags in the vehicle. A random sample field test confirmed that the substance is methamphetamine.
The Thurston County Narcotics Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, deputies with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington State Patrol Aviation and K9 units assisted with this operation.