Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
April 7, 2009
Susan Kang Schroeder
DRUG DEALER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR POSSESSING 95 POUNDS OF HEROIN FOR SALE IN HIDDEN CAR COMPARTMENTS
FULLERTON – A man will be arraigned today for possessing 95 pounds of heroin for sale hidden in false compartments of a car in an Anaheim garage. Gerardo Medina Hernandez, 25, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count of transportation of a controlled substance, one felony count of possession for sale of a controlled substance, one felony count of use of a false compartment to store, conceal, and transport a controlled substance, and a sentencing enhancement for possessing over 40 kilograms of narcotics. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison. The People will be requesting $1 million bail, and the defendant will be required to prove that the money is from a legal and legitimate source before being able to post bond. Hernandez is scheduled to be arraigned today, April 7, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. at the North Justice Center in Fullerton. The Department is to be determined.
On April 4, 2009, Hernandez is accused of suspiciously walking repeatedly between an Anaheim apartment on Lincoln Avenue and the corresponding detached garage. While inside the garage, Hernandez is accused of dismantling a Volkswagen Toureg with several false compartments containing 95 pounds of heroin. The heroin has an estimated street value of $10 million.
Narcotics officers arrested Hernandez and discovered the heroin lying next to the car in the garage. Hernandez had no furniture, aside from some air mattresses and a television, in the apartment, which he is accused of using to store narcotics.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Jim Hicks of the Major Narcotics Unit is prosecuting this case.