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2 Modesto men indicted on federal drug trafficking charges for meth operation

The Modesto Bee logoThe Modesto Bee 10/22/2021 Lydia Gerike, The Modesto Bee

Oct. 22—Two Modesto men were indicted Thursday in federal court on charges related to trafficking methamphetamine, the East District of California U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Ballardo Quintero, 33, and Juan Suarez Jr., 28, were arrested after delivering about 200 pounds of meth to undercover law enforcement officers, according to court documents.

Law enforcement then executed search warrants at the men's homes and vehicles. They found 27 pounds of methamphetamine, $18,500 in cash, packaging and shipping materials and receipts for large amounts of acetone purchases.

The men face charges including conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations participated in the investigation, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

The men each face a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a $10 million fine and at least five years' probation upon release.

This story was originally published October 22, 2021 7:17 AM.

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