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Six indicted on drug charges after cocaine found in returned rental car

Cocaine that was reportedly left in a rental car in December led to the indictment of six people Thursday.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento returned a two-count indictment against Sonia Kim, Julius Caubat, Kamaljit Billen, Gurdeep Singh, June Chungil and Justin Byun, charging them with conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

According to court documents, law enforcement officers began investigating the defendants when a car rental company reported that 20 kilograms of cocaine had been found in the trunk of a rental car that had been returned on Dec. 8 by Kim. Investigating officers learned that on Dec. 21, Kim was present at a hotel in Yuba City with Byun, Chungil and Caubat. All the defendants were arrested by police after 60 kilograms of cocaine were transferred to Billen and Singh in the hotel parking lot, authorities said.

The case resulted from a investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Unit.

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