Five alleged members of a San Diego-based drug-trafficking cell have been charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine across the United States, authorities said Thursday.
Prosecutors allege 41-year-old Jaime Mendez-Maciel led the group, operating a series of stash houses in San Diego and coordinating the importation and distribution of meth and cocaine destined for cities throughout the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration agents launched an investigation into the cell in October 2016. It resulted in the seizure of more than 100 pounds of meth, 50 pounds of cocaine and several rifles and pistols, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Maciel and four other alleged members of the group — Juan Garcia, 19, Nallely Garcia, 25, Armando Lopez-Estrada, 31, and Daniel Bravo, 36 — were arrested Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. The five defendants are San Diego residents.
A sixth defendant, Jesse Cortes, 20, of San Diego, is considered a fugitive.
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