SAN JOSE -- Two people were arrested and face drug charges after a long investigation ended when they were found with a vehicle that had hidden compartments containing 37 pounds of methamphetamine, sheriff's officials said.
Juan Manuel Ponce-Chavez, a 22-year-old San Jose resident, was the subject of an investigation for the past several months, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. Investigators found that Ponce-Chavez has ties to the Mexican state of Michoacan, which is rife with activities of drug cartels, and believed him to be a major drug trafficker based in San Jose, according to a news release.
Based on the investigation, special operations detectives with the sheriff's office moved in on Ponce-Chavez on March 27, and found him with the vehicle, drugs and Norma Yolanda Juarez, a 28-year-old San Jose resident who was also arrested.
The wholesale value of the methamphetamine seized is more than $200,000, and "substantially higher when broken down into street-level quantities," according to the sheriff's office.
Both suspects are being held at the Santa Clara County Jail., with bail set at $1 million for Ponce-Chavez and $500,000 for Juarez.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff's office at 408-808-4315.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.