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Federal grand jury indicts six Sacramento-area residents in drug-trafficking case

Six Sacramento-area residents were indicted Thursday in a case involving drug-trafficking in Sacramento, Yolo and El Dorado counties.

A federal grand jury returned a 17-count indictment against Kenneth Tam, 53; Gerald Osborne, 56; Sherlynn Charles, 52; Marco Antonio Borja, 38; Adalberto Valenzuela-Ruiz, 30; and Nelson Gutierrez, 26. They are charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and possession and distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, a seven-month investigation began in January after law enforcement officials received reports that Tam was trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin throughout Sacramento, Yolo and El Dorado counties. Tam allegedly acquired large amounts of methamphetamine from Borja, Valenzuela-Ruiz and Gutierrez, as well as heroin from other sources, and used sub-dealers, including Osborne and Charles, to distribute the drugs.

Through controlled purchases, searches and other law enforcement activity, investigators seized more than 9 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly 2 pounds of heroin, authorities said.

The case resulted form an investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.