$2M worth of meth seized in massive drug bust - KCTV5

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$2M worth of meth seized in massive drug bust

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During a recent sweep by the Jackson County Drug Task Force and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, officers recovered 22 pounds of meth. During a recent sweep by the Jackson County Drug Task Force and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, officers recovered 22 pounds of meth.
Authorities received a tip about suspicious activity around a home near East 43rd Street and Sterling Avenue. That tip led to the investigation and subsequent bust. (Dave Jordan/KCTV5) Authorities received a tip about suspicious activity around a home near East 43rd Street and Sterling Avenue. That tip led to the investigation and subsequent bust. (Dave Jordan/KCTV5)
20-year-old Valdemar Rivera-Madrigal of Kansas City and 23-year-old Cesar Omar Rivera-Valencia of Montebello, CA. 20-year-old Valdemar Rivera-Madrigal of Kansas City and 23-year-old Cesar Omar Rivera-Valencia of Montebello, CA.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A tip from a concerned citizen has led to a methamphetamine bust totaling $2 million.

Jackson County prosecutors said 20-year-old Valdemar Rivera-Madrigal, of Kansas City, and 23-year-old Cesar Omar Rivera-Valencia, of Montebello, CA, now face charges of second-degree drug trafficking, a class A felony under Missouri law.

The neighborhood watch sign should have been a warning for two suspected drug traffickers.

But investigators say they still set up shop using the house for their criminal operation - that is until it was raided Tuesday.

During a recent sweep by the Jackson County Drug Task Force and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, officers recovered 22 pounds of meth.

Investigators with the Jackson County Drug Task Force received a tip three months ago about suspicious behavior around a home near East 43rd Street and Sterling Avenue. That tip led to the investigation and subsequent bust.

"There were helicopters. There was a lot of police activity for about a couple hours," neighbor Debbie Bottorff said.

Eventually, authorities got a search warrant and drug dogs got a hit on a car at the home.

"This a major blow for the methamphetamine supply in Jackson County and the Kansas City metro area," said Dan Cummings, officer in charge for the task force. "When you take $2 million off the streets in one swoop, you put a huge dent in it."

Cummings said the drugs were found hidden inside the fender, bumper and dashboard. All this happened directly across the street from a school.

"It is our belief that these individuals were pretty high-level drug traffickers. So I wouldn't want my child going to school across the street from a drug trafficker," Cummings said.

Cummings believes this meth stash came from Mexico based on the way it was packaged and the fact that the car had California plates.

Neighbors and authorities are glad it's off the street.

"Hopefully it will send a message to whoever else is in the neighborhood that it won't be tolerated," Bottorff said.

Prosecutors requested the men's bond be set at $100,000.

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