1 arrested after meth was seized in Santa Rosa drug bust

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One man was arrested and a pound of methamphetamine was seized during a drug bust in Santa Rosa on Monday. 

The arrest was connected to an investigation launched in July by the SRPD Narcotics Team. 

According to police, the investigation centered around a drug trafficking organization that allegedly used “runners” to distribute meth around Santa Rosa and surrounding areas. 

“Runners” are people who work for the drug trafficking organization and deliver and pick up the money. 

The investigation reveals Antonio Ibarra-Mendoza, 37, as a runner. Police also learned that Ibarra-Mendoza had an outstanding Sonoma County arrest warrant for selling drugs in 2014. 

Patrol officers and officers with the Narcotics Team served a warrant at his residence in the 3500 block of Moorland Avenue at around 9:45 a.m. Monday. Ibarra-Mendoza was detained without incident.

Detectives searched the residence and found about a pound of methamphetamine packaged for sale. 

The suspect was booked into Sonoma County Jail for possession of a controlled substance for sale and a felony arrest warrant for drug sales from 2014.


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