11-count indictment for Fentanyl Trafficking

11-count indictment for Fentanyl Trafficking

Ten Indicted for Fentanyl Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, CA (STL.News) A federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment against members of a drug trafficking organization, charging them with fentanyl trafficking and other related offenses, United States Attorney McGregor Scott announced.

Jose Lopez-Zamora, 26; Leonardo Flores Beltran, 29; Christian Anthony Romero, 25; Joaquin Sotelo Valdez, 24; Sandro Escobedo, 32; Erika Zamora Rojo, 45; and Alejandro Tello, 22; all of Sacramento; and Jason Lee, 48, of Sparks, Nevada, and Rudi Flores, 27, of Manteca, are charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine as well as either fentanyl distribution or possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.  Jose Aguilar Saucedo, 22, of Sacramento, is charged with three counts of fentanyl distribution.

According to court documents, Jose Lopez-Zamora was the U.S.-based leader of a drug trafficking organization that was responsible for importing from Mexico and distributing in the United States tens of thousands of fentanyl-laced counterfeit oxycodone (M-30) pills, as well as cocaine and methamphetamine.  Law enforcement seized more than 20,000 of these pills during the investigation.  Wiretapped calls show awareness by at least some co-conspirators that these fentanyl pills had been responsible for multiple overdoses and overdose deaths in the area.

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