A pair of men pleaded not guilty Tuesday in connection to more than 31 pounds of methamphetamine police found in a Buckley drug bust this week.
Augustin Gutierrez-Valencia, 24, and Gerardo Danesta Dias, 25, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to drug possession with intent to deliver. Gutierrez-Valencia is in jail pending $500,000 bail, and Danesta Dias in lieu of $250,000.
“This was a major drug bust in an ongoing effort to stop the methamphetamine pipeline from Mexico,” Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a statement.
Officers searched the men’s Buckley home Monday, finding $91,000, 425 oxycodone pills and several ounces of methamphetamine and heroin. They also found more than 31 pounds of meth in the hidden compartment of an SUV, prosecutors said.
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According to prosecutors, the men used the SUV to bring drugs from Los Angeles to Washington.