June 17, 2021
Drug smuggling and distribution network smashed
RIVERSIDE - (INT) - Federal indictments have been handed down against 21 suspects in a Riverside-based narcotics smuggling and distribution network which operated throughout the Inland Empire.

According to the indictment unsealed Wednesday, during a 4-month period last year, lead defendants Timoteo Gomez, 48, and Javier Rodriguez, a.k.a. “Harvey,” 54, both of Riverside, purchased methamphetamine from their suppliers in Mexico as well as Los Angeles and Riverside counties. Other alleged members of the conspiracy would further distribute methamphetamine across the Inland Empire.

12 of the federal defendants were arrested Wednesday. Others were already in federal or state custody on unrelated charges.

In total, law enforcement seized more than 150 pounds of methamphetamine and $31,035 in cash during the investigation.
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