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SACRAMENTO - "This level of dealing is ... a business and neighbors may never notice it," is how Narcotics Enforcement Team Supervisor Kelly Rea described the nine pounds of meth recovered during searches of a Modesto man's homes, car and storage unit.

Narcotics officers and Modesto police officers stopped Juan Carlos Vargas Martinez, 29, on Kansas Street during a narcotics enforcement operation Sunday. Modesto Police Department spokesperson Heather Graves said officers found Martinez had more than a pound and a half of crystal meth in his possession and more than $4,000 in cash in his car.

The investigation led to searches of Martinez's two home and a storage unit he rented. Officers seized another eight pounds of crystal meth, $25,000 in cash and three guns, including a assault-style rife. Graves said.

Martinez was arrested and booked into Stanislaus County Jail on two counts of possession of methamphetamine for sale and one count of transportation of methamphetamine. Jail bail was set at $500,000.

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