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

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

During the search of the Volkswagen, law enforcement discovered a concealed trap to the side of the left rear passenger seat. The concealed trap, which was electronically activated, was empty.

Law enforcement then arrested Reyes-Barragan, Hernandez, Abreu, Barron-Soto and Heredia-Barron. Abreu was later released after post-arrest interviews, according to the affidavit.

During a search of cell phones belonging to Reyes-Barraga and Barron-Soto, references to “gallos” were found in text messages, which Manna said he believed were references to the drugs.

According to the affidavit, during a post-Miranda interview of Heredia-Barron at the DEA office in Panama City, Heredia-Barron told Manna that he and Barron-Soto met up with Hernandez at a Taco Bell in Troy, Ala., and Hernandez followed them down to Cancun’s Restaurant.

During a post-Miranda interview of Hernandez at the Panama City DEA office, Hernandez told Manna that an unidentified subject in Atlanta let Hernandez use the silver Volkswagen so that Hernandez and Abreu could travel to Panama City and then to Miami. The subject in Atlanta asked Hernandez to pick something up for him and gave Hernandez a telephone number for Hernandez to call so that Hernandez could contact this unknown person and then follow that person to Panama City.

Hernandez used that telephone number to link up with the red Mazda at the Taco Bell in Troy, according to the affdavit, which he then followed to Cancun’s Restaurant in Chipley.

Hernandez said he parked next to the red Mazda at the restaurant and then walked to the rear of the restaurant. Barron-Soto told Hernandez to move the Volkswagen to the rear of the building, then Hernandez said he went to the restroom and, upon returning, Heredia-Barron was walking away from the area near the left rear passenger seat of the Volkswagen.

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