A Napa woman and her husband were arrested Friday on drug charges and their children were taken into protective custody, according to a press release (attached) from Sgt. Oscar Ortiz of the .
The couple were driving with their two small children when NSIB agents pulled them over after observing that Maria Carmen Catalan Alcantar, at the wheel, was “employing sophisticated counter-surveillance driving techniques,” according to the press release from Ortiz.
Alcantar, 41, and her husband, 46-year-old Jorge Torres, had been the targets of an investigation by NSIB, which believed they were distributing methamphetamine, Ortiz said.
NSIB agents already had a signed search warrant when they stopped the couple at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to the press release, which continues:
Torres was found to be in possession of approximately a quarter ounce of methamphetamine and just over $2,000 in cash.
Alcantar, who was driving, was subsequently arrested for being under the influence of methamphetamine.
The couple had their two young (under 4 years) children with them in the car and Child Protective Services responded.
NSIB agents, along with deputies from the , then served the rest of the search warrant at the couple’s home, in the 1000 block of Grandview Drive in Napa.
There, agents found further evidence of drug dealing including scales and packaging.
Husband and wife were booked at the on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of methamphetamine, with Alcantar facing additional charges of driving under the influence and child endangerment, Ortiz said.