An illegal immigrant who had already been deported once was arrested again Wednesday night after investigators found $9,000 in methamphetamine, $2,500 in cash and several firearms in his vehicle and home, Deputy Eric Ogaz of the High Desert Crime Impact Team said.


"This is definitely one of the larger drug busts to take place in Hesperia," Ogaz said.


The investigation began when authorities stopped a vehicle near 11th Avenue and Eucalyptus Street around 5 p.m. for a vehicle code violation.


"There they found three boxes of gelatin which contained baggies of meth," Ogaz said.


The driver of the vehicle provided authorities with a false name but they later confirmed his identity through the Cal-ID fingerprint identification data base, he said.


The man was identified as Amadio Navarez, 39, of Hesperia. Navarez is an illegal immigrant who, according to a criminal records check, was already deported once for a previous felony.


Investigators served a search warrant at Navarez's home in the 10000 block of 11th Avenue a few blocks away from where the traffic stop took place, officials stated. At the home, authorities found a total of a quarter-pound of methamphetamine worth approximately $9,000, Ogaz said. They also recovered several firearms including a rifle with a bayonet, cash and drug paraphernalia consistent with drug sales.


Ogaz could not comment if the methamphetamine was being brought into the United States from Mexico, but investigators did find evidence that suggested Navarez was sending money back to the state of Sonora in Mexico. Sonora is the home of a large Mexican drug cartel, but officials have not identified any ties between Navarez and the cartel.


Another man and a 6-year-old child were found in the home. The second man was not arrested.


Navarez was arrested for transportation and sales of methamphetamine.


The investigation is ongoing.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.