A federal grand jury indicted five men from San Joaquin County for drug trafficking last week, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Jorge Omar Arredondo Garcia, 44, of Lodi; Gregorio Ontiveros Verdugo, 39, of Morada; Jose Manuel Ontiveros Verdugo, 37, of Stockton, Alberto Navarro Zapata, 36, of Stockton and Wilfredo Reyes, 48, of Manteca were all part of a 13-count indictment Thursday for alleged conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of meth, possession with intent to distribute meth, distribution of heroin, and unlawful use of a telephone, U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert said.

Between July and December 2019, the defendants allegedly conspired with each other and others to distribute meth, prosecutors said.

An undercover federal source bought a total of 11 pounds of meth and a half pound of heroin from this drug trafficking organization, the DOJ alleges. Law enforcement also allegedly interdicted the group's shipments of 50 pounds of meth destined for Nebraska, as well as a 21-pound shipment to Pennsylvania.

Another man, Robert Godinez, 50, of Hayward, was indicted after he was pulled over after allegedly buying meth from a former member of the conspiracy, prosecutors said. He has been charged with possession with intent to distribute meth and heroin and unlawful use of a cellphone. The government alleges they found 2 pounds of meth and a half-pound of heroin in Godinez's vehicle.

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

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  1. we need to get the feds involved to crack down on the illegal sales and distribution of illegal fireworks in the state of California

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