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Narcotics manufacturing, distribution charges for three men

POSTED January 14, 2011 9:53 p.m.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment Thursday against three men — including one from Ceres and one from Modesto — on manufacturing methamphetamine charges.

The Department of Justice reported Jorge Luis Carden Reyna, 36, of Ceres, Ironel Rodriguez Gonzalez, 31, of Modesto, and Julio Ruela Chaire, 27, of Sacramento, were charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

According to the indictment, from November 2009 until Dec. 17, 2010, Reyna and Chaire were involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Reyna and Gonzalez are charged with conspiring to aid and abet the manufacture of methamphetamine and, on Dec. 17, 2010, were in possession of federally restricted chemicals used to make methamphetamine.

The maximum statutory penalty for the conspiracy, drug distribution and drug possession charges is life in prison and a $4 million fine. The maximum penalty for charges relating to chemicals used to make methamphetamine is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case is a product of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force effort. OCDETF is an interagency program that investigates and prosecutes the most significant drug trafficking and money laundering organizations throughout the U.S. OCDETF task force. Members in this case included the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Merced Mariposa High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Administration, and Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

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