Sacto 9-1-1
October 31, 2013
Six area residents indicted in federal drug trafficking case

A federal grand jury in Sacramento today returned an indictment charging six residents of Sutter, Yuba and Sacramento counties with trafficking methamphetamine.

Charged in the multicount indictment are Hector Castaneda, 37, and Jose Amador, 26, of Yuba City; Javier Castro, 26, Refugio Montoya, 41, and Hemant Solanki, 46, of Sacramento; and Stacy Miller, 46, of Marysville, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, between October 2012 and Oct. 17, 2013, Drug Enforcement Administration and Yuba Sutter Narcotics Enforcement Task Force officers investigated alleged large-scale methamphetamine trafficking by Hector Castaneda in the Yuba City area. The Drug Enforcement Administration obtained multiple court-authorized wiretaps and learned that Castaneda's organization included suppliers in the Sacramento area, as well as a network of distributors in Yuba City and the Sacramento area.

As part of the investigation, in 2012 and 2013, the DEA conducted multiple controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Castaneda and his organization, authorities said.

On Oct. 17, the DEA and the Yuba Sutter Narcotics Task Force served search warrants at locations throughout Yuba City and Sacramento associated with the drug trafficking ring. Agents seized more than 4 pounds of methamphetamine.

The six people indicted were arrested and ordered detained pending trial.

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