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Sacramento-area residents among group indicted for drug trafficking

Seven Sacramento-area residents are among 13 alleged members of a Central Valley drug trafficking group indicted Friday by a federal grand jury in Sacramento.

The 22-count indictment charges the defendants with illegally trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

The defendants named in the indictment are Roberto Gomez Jr., 25 of Antelope; Jason Duane Rogers, 43, of Citrus Heights; Shannon Anthony Armstrong, 40, of El Droado Hills; Bradley Gene Ward, 36, of Carmichael; David Andrews Uhrig, 44, of Orangevale; William James Welch of Citrus Heights; Jose Manuel Valdez Torres, 39, a fugitive, of Delano and Phoenix; Leonel Valdez Ayon, aka Leonel Valdez Gonzalez, 27, of Delano; Leobardo Martinez-Carranza, 22, of Delano; Edgar Eduardo Herrera, 21, a fugitive, of Delano; Enrique Alonso Valdez Yanez, 38, a fugitive, of Mexico; and Jesus Hunberto Zurita Sicairos, 26, of Phoenix.

According to court documents, an investigation indicated that Valdez Torres arranged to smuggle multi-kilogram quantities of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine from Mexico into the United States. Once here, the drugs were stored at stash houses in Sacramento, Delano and Phoenix. The drugs were then sold in ounce and pound quantities to various distributors.

In a coordinated law enforcement operation conducted June 24 through 26, search warrants for 11 residences were executed in Sacramento, Delano and Phoenix and 10 people were arrested. More than 50 pounds of methamphetamine, a kilogram of heroin, small amounts of cocaine and marijuana, and more than $275,000 in cash were seized, along with numerous firearms, authorities said.

All defendants are named in the first count of the indictment, which charges conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. In addition, Gomez, Ward and Welch are each charged with illegal possession of firearms.