Largest Heroin Seizure In Humboldt County History

After a year-long investigation, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) arrests three subjects for
heroin distribution. This is believed to be Humboldt County’s largest heroin seizure in recent history.
On October 28, 2018, Special Agents with the HCDTF, with the assistance of a narcotic detection K9 with
the District Attorney’s Office, served multiple search warrants in Eureka.
At approximately 5:45 p.m., agents contacted Carlos Sanchez-Gallego (age 63 from Mexicali, Mexico)
in his vehicle in the 800 block of West Harris Street, Eureka. Sanchez-Gallego was detained without
incident and a search warrant for his vehicle was obtained. Upon serving the search warrant agents
located nearly 9 pounds of heroin packaged for sales in a false compartment. This heroin has an
estimated street value of approximately $270,000.
Gallego’s associate, Jose Ochoa-Ayon (age 40 from Sinaloa, Mexico), was also spotted driving a vehicle
in the same area. Agents attempted to contact Ochoa-Ayon but he fled at a high rate of speed. Ochoa-
Ayon drove in a reckless manner and at one point drove the wrong direction on Henderson Street. For
public safety concerns agents did not pursue Ochoa-Ayon. A short time later, agents located Ochoa-
Ayon’s vehicle parked in a nearby neighborhood. Ochoa-Ayon abandoned his vehicle and was
subsequently located and detained by agents.
An additional associate, Gilberto Castello-Garcia (age 29 from Sinaloa, Mexico), was also contacted near
his residence located in the 500 block of West Harris Street, Eureka. Castello-Garcia was detained
without incident and a search warrant for his residence and vehicles was obtained. During the service of
these search warrants, approximately 2 ounces of heroin packaged for sales was seized. Castello-Garcia
was also in possession of a false compartment that contained nearly $35,000 in U.S. currency. This
currency is believed to be the proceeds of illegal narcotics sales and will be held pending asset forfeiture
proceedings.