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COURT DOCUMENTS: 9 indicted for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine

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Posted at 9:08 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-14 00:08:20-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned three indictments against nine individuals on Thursday, charging the defendants with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in Kern County, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

The first indictment charges Miguel Zuniga Arteaga, 41, of Delano; Armando Martinez, 60, of Los Angeles; Terry Whited, 37, of Idaho; Miguel Angel Sanchez-Meza, 48, of Mexico; Juan Vizuett-Resendiz, 34, of Texas; and Vincente Salvador Arenas-Garcia, 36, of Bakersfield, with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, between Aug. 9, 2017, and Nov. 10, 2020, these defendants conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Kern County and elsewhere.

During the course of this investigation, law enforcement obtained court-authorized wiretaps and seized over 44 pounds of methamphetamine, approximately $259,840 in purported narcotics proceeds, and seven firearms.

The second indictment charges Miguel Zuniga Arteaga, 41, of Delano; Armando Martinez, 60, of Chino Hills; and Rene Zepeda Felix, 36, of Bakersfield, with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. According to court documents, between Aug. 9, 2017, and Oct. 27, 2017, these defendants conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Kern County and elsewhere.

The third indictment charges Jose Eden Landeros, 40, and Israel Munguia-Munoz, 40, both of Mexico, with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. According to court documents, between Nov. 13, 2017, and June 1, 2018, these defendants conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Kern County and elsewhere.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine.