FRESNO — Special agents from the Central Valley, the state and the nation teamed up Thursday night to seize 176 pounds of crystal methamphetamine from a Madera home, one of the largest caches of the drug uncovered locally this year.
Inside the home on the city’s east side, agents discovered the methamphetamine, much of it in crystalized form, scattered throughout multiple rooms, according to Michelle Gregory of the California Department of Justice. They also found a lab used to convert liquid methamphetamine into its crystalized form.
Initial estimates place the value of the seized methamphetamine at around $750,000, but authorities say it could exceed $1 million depending on what laboratory tests reveal about its purity.
In addition to the drugs, investigators also seized other evidence at the scene, including $58,000 in cash. The home was vacant at the time of the search and no arrests were made overnight...