Gilda Yamiless Licea Richardo, 21, and Francisco Silva, 40, were both arraigned Friday afternoon in Pierce County Superior Court on two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Bail for each was set at $500,000.
Lakewood police were conducting an investigation into Licea Richardo and Silva, initiating a Metro Cities SWAT raid on a home in the 500 block of South 43rd Street in Tacoma just before 5 a.m. Thursday.
The two were detained during the raid, and Silva told police he had methamphetamine in his closet, but he denied having other drugs.
A drug dog searched Silva’s bedroom and found the 21 pounds of methamphetamine in 10 boxes. Officers also found a loaded .38-caliber handgun next to the bed, a handheld radio and a police scanner. The dog found about $60,000 in cash in the house, as well as a pound of heroin and eight oxycodone pills.
A Lakewood detective and a Department of Homeland Security investigator interviewed Silva at police headquarters. Silva said he lived in the home for four months, where he was on watch and sold drugs to buyers at a cost of $6,000 per package. Licea Richardo delivered the drugs.
AATACOMA, Wash. — Two people have been charged after investigators found more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine and 1 pound of heroin in a Tacoma home earlier this week.
The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office charged Gilda Yamiless Licea Richardo, 21, and Fransisco Silva, 40, with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
The Prosecutor’s Office says the two were arrested early Thursday morning when a search warrant was served at a home on 43rd Street in Tacoma.
Officers found a 1-pound package of suspected meth, and a box containing nine 1-kilogram packages of suspected meth, the Prosecutor’s Office says. Also found were a pound of heroin, pills identified as Oxycodone, $60,000 in cash, a pistol and ammunition.