Largest Heroin Sale In Humboldt County History

They’re calling the largest heroin seizure in Humboldt County history. Sunday afternoon, authoritieis
conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1000 block of Hookton Road, Loleta. Agents had previously
received information, and obtained a search warrant, for a vehicle being driven by Adrian Carlos Cota-
Alonso and Edgar Barragan-Castano (both from Sonora, Mexico). Agents established probable cause
to believe that both subjects were distributing multiple pounds of heroin in Humboldt County.
During the traffic stop, both subjects were detained without incident. Agents served the search warrant
and located a false compartment in the rear passenger seat. Agents opened this compartment and
located approximately 12 pounds of suspected heroin packaged for sales. Agents also seized over $6,000
in US currency that is believed to be profits of narcotics sales. This currency will be held pending asset
forfeiture proceedings.
Cota-Alonso and Barragan-Castano were subsequently transported to the Humboldt County Correctional
Facility where they were booked for possession and transportation of controlled substances for the
purpose of sales. Pursuant to PC 1275, agents were granted bail enhancements for both arrestees and
their bail was set at $100,000 each.