Two men with alleged ties to an unidentified drug cartel were arrested Aug. 26 after allegedly trying to sell about $2 million worth of methamphetamine to undercover officers, Fairfax County police announced Wednesday.
Marcos Caballero-Moreno, 54, was charged with distribution of cocaine, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, three counts of transporting narcotics into Virginia, and two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Juan Alfredo Sanchez Velasquez, 39,was charged with distribution of cocaine, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, three counts of transporting narcotics into Virginia, two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and money laundering.
Both men are currently incarcerated in Los Angeles and awaiting extradition. No attorney information for either is yet available in court records.
A joint-agency investigation began in May when undercover Fairfax County police officers began communicating with the two men via email, said Fairfax County Police spokeswoman Shelley Broderick,
Over the course of several months, the undercover officers made numerous large purchases of crystal methamphetamine and received samples of pure cocaine from the two men, Broderick said. The narcotics were delivered to the officers both by mail and in person at locations outside Fairfax County. Broderick did not disclose the locations of those meetings, or elaborate on the men’s alleged ties to an unidentified drug cartel.
“In all, the methamphetamine purchased had a local street value of approximately $2 million,” said Broderick. “Additionally, the suspects reportedly conspired to sell the undercover officers large quantities of crystal methamphetamine on a monthly basis which would have had a local street value of more than $8.5 million per month. They also offered to sell the officers approximately $1.4 million of pure cocaine on a regular basis.”
At their final meeting on Aug. 26, Broderick said the men were arrested by local and federal officers in the Los Angeles area on outstanding Fairfax County warrants.
The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives-Martinsburg Field Office, the Pasadena Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department assisted in the investigation.
“It was our investigation, but we utilized their assistance due to the size and scope of the operation,” she said.