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Narcotics investigation leads to seizure of over 4lbs of Fentanyl and US Currency

Arrested: Hector David Rodriguez, a 22 year old male from Richmond, CA.

Brenis Maribel Diaz Maldonado, a 26 year old female from Richmond, CA.

Over the last several months, our Specialized Investigative Unit (SIU) Detectives developed information that led them to believe a subject by the name of Hector Rodriguez was selling narcotics in the County of Marin.

An investigation was opened and an undercover SIU Detective contacted Rodriguez and arranged to purchase methamphetamine from him in the county of Marin. During the ensuing investigation, Rodriguez agreed to and sold more than ½ pound of methamphetamine to the undercover SIU Detective.

The investigation into Rodriguez came to an end on Friday afternoon when Detectives arrested him and Brenis Maribel Diaz Maldonado in the city of Richmond. They were found to be in possession of the following narcotics in their residence when they were arrested:

  • 2 kilos (over 4lbs) of suspected fentanyl in bulk and also packaged for sales.
  • Approximately $15,000 in US Currency
  • Additional packaging materials 

When both were contacted and arrested, they were accompanied by their 10 month old daughter. The daughter was turned over to a relative while Rodriguez and Maldonado were booked into the Marin County Jail on the narcotics, conspiracy and child endangerment charges.

An SIU Detective obtained a $500,000 bail enhancement on Rodriguez and a $250,000 bail enhancement on Maldonado.

The Specialized Investigative Unit (SIU) takes a proactive approach to investigate narcotics related criminal activity within the County of Marin. The amount of fentanyl seized in this investigation is enough to kill over 1,000,000 people according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Prepared by: Sergeant Brenton Schneider at