Three busted for drugs, guns by Menlo task force


Three East Palo Alto men watched their fortunes take a turn for the worse on March 3, as police officers and FBI agents pounced.

A search of three locations in East Palo Alto turned up a "large quantity" of cocaine base, powdered cocaine, money, and four guns, including a MAC-11 machine pistol, according to Detective Sgt. Eric Cowans of the Menlo Park police department's narcotics enforcement task force.

Jeron Jones, 23, Ricardo Alvarez, 30, and of East Palo Alto, and Rodney Powell, 40, were arrested and booked into San Mateo County jail.

According to Detective Cowans, all three suspects have prior records for drug-related crimes.

The FBI's involvement was standard procedure for task-force investigations, police said.

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