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Huge meth bust in Crescent City

DEL NORTE COUNTY - A Crescent City man was arrested after authorities found one of the largest amounts of methamphetamine ever seized by deputies in Del Norte County. Taken into custody was 37-year old James Banuelos.

Members of the Sheriff’s Department, Pelican Bay Prison Response Team and US Forest Service served a search warrant at the 600-block of Carole Lane. Banuelos was found to be in possession of around 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine, packaging materials, digital scales, a video monitoring system and a large amount of cash.

He was booked into the Del Norte County Jail for several possession charges. Also arrested was 25-year old Roy Kelly of Crescent City for visiting a known drug house.

Three vehicles were seized through the District Attorney’s Office as asset forfeiture. The investigation is ongoing.