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State agents seize nearly 93 pounds of cocaine in Bellflower

October 25, 2011 | 10:25 am

This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.

State agents seized nearly 93 pounds of cocaine at a Denny’s parking lot in Bellflower last week during an undercover sting operation targeting a Guadalajara drug cartel, the state attorney general’s office announced Tuesday.

An undercover agent with the California Department of Justice set up the drug buy with alleged cartel members on Thursday, leading to the seizure and the arrest of two suspects. The operation, aided by the Long Beach Police Department, was led by the state agency’s Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force based in Riverside.

Agents seized an additional 20 pounds of cocaine and $39,500 in cash after serving a search warrant on a suspected stash house in Bell Gardens, according to a statement released by the attorney general's office.

Arrested were Giovani Flores-Arias of Sinaloa, Mexico, and Rene Guerrero of Indio.  Flores is being held without bail and Guerrero is being held in lieu of $2-million bond.

According to the attorney general’s office, the cocaine was destined to be transported across the country. Agents seized 22 pounds of methamphetamine from the same drug cartel earlier in the undercover operation.

[For the Record, 1:14 p.m. Oct. 25: An earlier version of this post said the cocaine was destined to be transported across the county. It should have said the cocaine was expected to be transported across the country.]

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