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Two men who traveled from Tijuana with 7 pounds of methamphetamine learned their Yuba City buyer was an undercover agent when they attempted delivery Thursday night, according to NET-5, the local drug and gang task force. 55696234246b9_image

Jonathan Hernandez Arias, 23, and Eleno Enrique Amparo Maldanodo, 37, were arrested in the 1100 block of Tharp Road in Yuba City when the agent signaled his colleagues after the suspects allegedly produced drugs with a street value of $200,000, said NET-5 Commander Martin Horan.

“It appears to be high-quality meth. Not far from the cook,” Horan said.

The suspects were booked into Sutter County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, transport of a controlled substance and conspiracy. Bail for each was set at $500,000.

The Drug Enforcement Agency is reviewing the case for possible federal prosecution.

The buy set-up was the culmination of a weeks-long investigation involving an agent and an intermediary for a drug cartel in Mexico, Horan said. Agents received information about a drug source in Mexico attempting to locate a distributor in Yuba-Sutter.

An agent set up a deal for 10 pounds at $3,700 per pound. In smaller quantities, a local distributor could sell a gram on the street for $60. There are more than 450 grams in a pound.

Horan said he thinks the suspects are associated with a cartel, or Mexican drug trafficking organization.

“They’re getting as much meth and heroin across the border as they can,” Horan said.

Two main active cartels are the Sinaloa and the Jalisco.–nabs-worth-of-methamphetamine/article_7dd223e0-069b-11e5-8c41-970bf27c2c2c.html

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