Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release
  Date Friday, July 6, 2007
  Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
  Phone (951) 826-5147

Cocaine & Cash Seizure

Riverside, Ca- Having conducted necessary follow-up investigation, the Riverside Police Department can now announce a million-dollar cocaine seizure from a Riverside residence.

On Thursday, June 14, 2007, the Riverside Police Department Narcotics Unit conducted a surveillance of a residence off Pine Tree Drive in an affluent Orangecrest neighborhood of Riverside. This surveillance was conducted in response to reports of suspicious activity consistent with narcotics trafficking. Further investigation resulted in the detention of one adult who lived at the residence.

An initial search of the residence resulted in the discovery of a stolen handgun in one of the bedrooms and other evidence such as written notations of “kilo” and cash amounts, indicating major narcotics trafficking. However, no other contraband was discovered at the time of the initial search.

Riverside Police Department Detective Bill Crutchfield, currently assigned to Riverside County’s West County Narcotics Task Force, and his drug detection dog, “Spike,” responded to the location and conducted a thorough search of the residence. K9 “Spike” alerted the detective to a floor safe and hidden underground space, or “trap” that was cut into the concrete foundation of the house. The underground compartment revealed two duffel bags containing sixteen (16) kilos of cocaine and $705,000 dollars in cash. The kilos of cocaine had a wholesale value of approximately $288,000 and a street value of close to $1 million.

Westley Cano, 18, of Riverside, was arrested for PC 496 (Possession of a stolen firearm), PC 12021 (Felon in Possession of a Firearm), and H&S 11351 (Possession for Sales of Cocaine).