Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced the arraignment of four men who attempted to sell 25 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of more than $1.1 million to an undercover task force agent.
The narcotics are believed to have been imported from the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.
“Transnational gangs are a real and present danger in California and a priority for Department of Justice agents,” said Harris. “We must continue and extend our crackdown on these … gangs and their trafficking of guns, drugs and human beings throughout our state.”
Juan Martin Ramirez, 22, of Inglewood, Carlos Javier Martinez-Sequeira, 43, and Jose Manuel Chaidez, 25, of Hawthorne, and Jesus Manuel Landeros, 42, of Phoenix, Arizona were arraigned Sept 14 in Riverside County Superior Court on two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation of a controlled substance. All four defendants pled not guilty, and bail was set for each at $1 million.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case because the defendants were arrested in the City of Corona, where they allegedly sold methamphetamine to an undercover agent. The investigation was conducted by the Attorney General’s Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force (INCA).
On Sept. 12, 2012, an INCA undercover agent negotiated the purchase of 25 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $1,135,000 from a transnational gang. The four men delivered the methamphetamine to the awaiting undercover officer in a hotel parking lot in Corona.
All four men were arrested without incident and booked into the Riverside County Jail.
These arrests are the latest in a series of successful DOJ-led investigations targeting transnational gang crime across California.