Authorities in Santa Cruz have made a second arrest following a two-week investigation into a local drug ring.
According to the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team, 32-year-old Eugenio Doroteo was taken into custody Wednesday at the Pro Build store on River Street, where he was allegedly posing as a day laborer.
Also on Wednesday, investigators arrested 41-year-old Jose Luis Herrera, who is suspected of selling cocaine and methamphetamine within city limits.
Local officials, with help from Homeland Security investigators, conducted a follow-up investigation after Wednesday’s search of Herrera’s home, work, and vehicle. That search turned up 159 grams of cocaine and 12 grams of crystal meth.
Authorities obtained a second search warrant for a storage cabinet Herrera had been using at his workplace. There, they located nearly five pounds of cocaine, more than an ounce of crystal meth, cutting agents, two scales, and more than $10,000 in cash.
Based on their investigation, the anti-crime team identified Doroteo as a suspect in the conspiracy to distribute drugs in Santa Cruz. Doroteo was arrested without incident and charged with two counts of selling a controlled substance and conspiracy to sell a controlled substance. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail, where Herrera also remains behind bars.