Justice Department arrests six people for drug trafficking

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – The United States Department of Justice reported that six people have been arrested in Kern County after a year-long investigation into drug trafficking.

According to US Attorney Phillip A. Talbert, the investigation focused on a Bakersfield-based drug trafficking organization that distributed methamphetamine and heroin.

Those charged in the federal complaint are Jorge Calderon-Campos (41), Byron Adilio Alfaro-Sandoval (45), and Johnathan Benjamin Torres (30), Mexican citizens residing in Bakersfield. Jose Angel Beltran-Chaidez (66) of Bakersfield, Alberto Gomez-Santiago (36) and Mark Garcia (22) of Arvin.

According to court documents, Campos distributed methamphetamine and heroin that he imported from Mexico to Bakersfield.

During the months of March 2021 and February 2022, law enforcement intercepted and found 85 pounds of methamphetamine and 1 kilogram of heroin that Campos and his partners allegedly planned to distribute.

“We are committed to disrupting the transnational criminal networks that flood our communities with dangerous drugs,” U.S. Attorney Talbert said. “Those who distribute large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin and other illegal drugs in our communities will be held accountable.”

“The success of this year-long investigation further underscores the importance of continued cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement,” said Tatum King, Special Agent in Charge of HSI San Francisco/NorCal.

“Through this multi-agency effort, we were able to disrupt the transnational criminal activity responsible for the importation and distribution of large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin in our communities. We especially thank our agents, the men and women of our federal and local partners, and the prosecution efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California.

“The DEA and our law enforcement partners will be relentless in pursuing the criminal networks that are moving into our communities and injecting poison into our neighborhoods,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge, Wade R. Shannon.

If found guilty, they could face a minimum of ten years in prison to life in prison and a $10 million fine.



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