Three out-of-state residents were arrested Wednesday after what the department called a complex, months-long drug trafficking investigation.
Utilizing "innovative investigative techniques," the department said Thursday they were able to identify a potential trafficker vehicle. WPD and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security jointly intercepted on the south side of the city an incoming shipment of suspected narcotics for regional distribution.
Officers with both agencies located a potentially involved vehicle in a Central Mexican drug trafficking organization with ties to midwestern states bringing illegal narcotics to the Shenandoah Valley, WPD said.
During the investigation that included a positive K-9 alert on the target vehicle, the officers seized approximately 41 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of roughly $1.8 million.
This is the largest known seizure of meth in Central Virginia history, exceeding the record 34.5 pounds previously recovered by a joint WPD/HSI investigation in June 2018.
Marco Hernandez, 23, of Chicago, Ill., was charged with felony possession with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of a controlled substance.
Jennifer Segura, 19, of Chicago, Ill., was charged with felony conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of a controlled substance.
Vincent Ramirez, 29, no fixed address, was also charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of a controlled substance.
All three arrestees are being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.
Upon arresting these three subjects, police now believe that they know who the intended local recipient of the drugs and said they "will continue to hunt down additional targets in the coming days."