Monterey County

Police: Man caught with cache of drugs, weapons, cash and stolen cars

Task force watched him for two months

SEASIDE, Calif. - A man is behind bars after the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team served a pair of search warrants around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Officers said they watched Leopold Cortes for about two months as they investigated his alleged involvement in high volume methamphetamine sales.  That investigation culminated with warrants being served on 1113 McClellan Avenue, Apt. A in Monterey and on 1158 Kenneth Street in Seaside.

Investigators seized two stolen vehicles, two assault rifles, a shotgun, two pistols, one revolver, two rifles, a shotgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, more than one pound of methamphetamine, marijuana, hashish, evidence of drug sales and approximately $71,000 in cash.

Investigators from the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Homeland Security Investigations assisted P.R.V.N.T in carrying out the search warrants.

Cortes is in the Monterey County Jail on $400,000 bail.

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