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STOCKTON, CA – Four Stockton-area men were apprehended Thursday in what Homeland Security authorities say was an eight-month investigation in a drug distribution ring involving 99-percent pure methamphetamine.

Arrested were the alleged ringleader Thomas Jaime Orozco, 31, of Stockton; Vincent Joseph Camarillo, 25, of Stockton, Orozco’s cousin; Theodore Roosevelt Ohagen, 21, of Stockton; and Jeffrey Lawrence Lamendola, 50, of Lodi.

The suspects are accused of conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint.

Recovered during the execution of nine search warrants on Thursday were more than a quarter pound of methamphetamine; small quantities of marijuana and cocaine; three firearms, two of which were stolen; and approximately $15,000 in cash, according to a news release by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of Homeland Security.

As part of the probe, uncover Homeland Security agents documented buying meth from the suspects on two occasions. The meth tested was found to be very high-grade, 99-pure, according to documents.

The suspects were scheduled to make their first court appearance in federal court in Sacramento Friday afternoon.



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