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Huge Meth Bust In Modesto

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A one week stakeout by several drug agencies led to the biggest methamphetamine bust of the year this weekend.

On Saturday, Stanislaus County investigators arrested five people Saturday in a house after finding enough chemicals to make at least 320 pounds of methamphetamine.

Police arrested Jose Zaragoza after finding 80 pounds of pure ephedrine powder, used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, in his car. They also arrested Raul Torres, Raul Serrato Calles, Misael Taviera, and Mario Alvanez, all of Mexico.

Inside the house, agents found over 300 gallons of alcohol, 160 pounds of ephedrine, and 96 pounds of red phosphorous — all used in the manufacture of the drug.

Stanislaus County police said the drug lab was the biggest found in the state this year.

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