Two men arrested in Le Grand area with 23 pounds of methamphetamine

Two Long Beach men were arrested Friday after a vehicle stop turned up 23 pounds of methamphetamine, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Martin Valdovinosperez, 20, and Emanuel Gaona-Talvera, 20, were stopped by CHP officers about 6 p.m. Friday on a traffic violation, according to Officer Moises Onsurez.

The men were driving a 2005 Jeep Laredo north on Highway 99 at Le Grand Road, the officer said.

“The reason why the vehicle was stopped was a traffic violation, which was following too close,” Onsurez said.

He said the officer noticed “criminal indicators” when he questioned the men. Indicators can generally be nervous behavior or avoiding eye contact with an officer, he said.

The officer called for the assistance of a CHP K-9 unit, which sniffed out the drugs.

A search of the vehicle yielded 23 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $230,000, Onsurez said.

Both men were subsequently booked at the Merced County Jail for investigation of drug trafficking.

Gaona-Talvera was released on bail by Sunday afternoon. Valdovinosperez was being held Sunday in lieu of $315,000 bail.