A Department of Justice task force arrested two men in Riverside last Friday, July 15, and seized 28 pounds of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $1.27 million.
Martin Pinedo Cedillo and Alfonso Gutierrez Ibarra of Mexico were busted while attempting to sell all 28 pounds to an undercover Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) agent in Riverside. Authorities believe the methamphetamine originated in Mexico and was transported to Riverside from Yuma, Arizona.
“Every day, Department of Justice agents are on the front line of our effort to stop the trafficking of guns, drugs and humans from Mexico through California,” Attorney General Harris said. “We are all safer and better off without these 28 pounds of methamphetamine on our streets.”
Both men were charged with transportation and sales of methamphetamine by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, July 19. If convicted, Cedillo and Ibarra face a maximum of fourteen years in prison.