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|February 17, 2018|
Hesperia meth lab brings indictments
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - A Mexican national, who was previously designated as an important target because of his links to international drug trafficking, was indicted Wednesday.
A federal grand jury in Riverside named Adrian Ulises Garcia-Ruiz, 37, in a narcotic complaint related to a meth lab in Hesperia where multiple pounds of methamphetamine were seized. The 2-count indictment alleges he supplied liquid methamphetamine that was turned into crystal meth at the High Desert drug lab.
The indictment names a second defendant – Carlos Miguel Gallardo-Valdovinos, also a Mexican national – who allegedly converted the narcotics into crystalline form.
The US Attorney’s office says Garcia-Ruiz coordinated shipments of liquid methamphetamine into the United States, where it was converted into crystalline form for distribution. Gallardo-Valdovinos allegedly purchased acetone which he used to convert the liquid methamphetamine into crystalline form at the Hesperia lab.
Authorities executed a search warrant at the Hesperia drug lab, where they seized approximately six gallons of liquid methamphetamine, more than nine pounds of crystal methamphetamine and $60,000 in U.S. currency.
The indictment links Garcia-Ruiz to Gallardo-Valdovinos through a series of intercepted communications.
Story Date: October 15, 2017