Officers say they found 7.9 pounds of methamphetamines at Cancun's Restaurant

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 05:14 PM.

At about 9:07 a.m., three vehicles arrived at the restaurant. One vehicle parked to the rear of the restaurant, while a second vehicle, a red Mazda, entered the parking lot and parked on the side of the restaurant in the north side of the parking lot. A third vehicle, a silver Volkswagen, entered directly behind the red Mazda and parked on the north side of the restaurant next to the red Mazda, according to the affidavit.

The driver of the Mazda, later identified as Barron-Soto, and the passenger, later identified as Heredia-Barron, climbed out of the vehicle. The driver of the silver Volkswagen, later identified as Hernandez, also exited his vehicle. The three men walked to the rear of the restaurant, according to the affidavit.

After several minutes, Hernandez returned to the silver Volkswagen and drove the car to the rear of the restaurant. When the Volkswagen stopped behind the restaurant, the turn signals and rear lights of the Volkswagen began to illuminate and flash.

At 9:17 a.m., the informant told Manna that he had just spoken with Reyes-Barragan and the “gallos” had arrived. Then at 9:24 a.m., Barron-Soto and Heredia-Barron left the parking lot, driving north on Main Street in the Mazda. A Florida Highway Patrol cruiser followed the Mazda.

Hernandez saw the Highway Patrol cruiser and hurried toward the Volkswagen, according to the affidavit. He and a woman identified as Regia Abreu got into the Volkswagen and drove south on Main Street.

Troopers from the Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on the Volkswagen just south of the restaurant. During the stop, officers used a narcotics K-9 drug dog to search around the car. The dog alerted to the Volkswagen for the odor of narcotics, according to the affidavit.

Meanwhile, a Highway Patrol trooper stopped the red Mazda on Highway 90 in Chipley. At the time of the stop, Barron-Soto, who was driving the Mazda, tried to run away from the car but was apprehended.

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