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Three Sacramento men face federal methamphetamine trafficking charges

Three Sacramento men are accused of trafficking methamphetamine in a case involving drug sales to undercover law enforcement agents.

A federal grand jury on Thursday returned a four-count indictment against Jose Luis Romero, 53, Salvador Padilla III, 38, and Eberardo Mendez, 50. They are charged with distributing methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute the narcotic, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release.

An undercover agent met with Romero on three occasions in December and February to purchase methamphetamine, the news release said. Surveillance units saw Romero meeting with Padilla before and after each transaction, and Padilla is accused of supplying Romero with the narcotics for each meeting.

Mendez allegedly served as a courier for two of the meetings, taking at least 2 pounds of methamphetamine from Padilla to Romero for the undercover purchases.

In all, law enforcement officers directly purchased more than 3 pounds of methamphetamine from Romero during the investigation, according to the news release.

The case resulted from and investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.