SACRAMENTO — Authorities have arrested five men suspected of trafficking heroin in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Sacramento counties, the U.S. Attorney's office in Sacramento announced Monday.
A federal grand jury on May 23 indicted Jose Martinez-Gonzalez, 38, of Bakersfield; Porfiro Farias, 30, of East Palo Alto; Ignacio Villalobos-Lopez, 39, of San Jose; and Alex Sanchez, 43, of San Leandro. The four-count indictment was unsealed after the defendants were arrested last week.
Federal prosecutors say the men conspired to distribute more than 1 kilogram of heroin between Jan. 13, 2011, and Sept. 4, 2012.
Martinez-Gonzalez also is charged with possessing heroin with the intent to distribute the drug in Stanislaus County on Jan. 26 and March 26, 2012.
The defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges and are scheduled to return to court Sept. 9.
In a related case, Octavio Gallegos-Vazquez, 32, of Modesto has been arrested in connection with a 2003 indictment that alleges he conspired to import and distribute heroin and possess heroin intending to distribute. Prosecutors said Gallegos-Vazquez has pleaded not guilty to the charges.