A large-scale, multi-million dollar narcotics investigation has netted the arrest of two men with alleged associations to a drug cartel. A joint investigation began in May when undercover officers began communicating with the two men via email.
Over the course of several months, the undercover officers said they made numerous large purchases of crystal methamphetamine and received samples of pure cocaine from the two men, Marcos Caballero-Moreno and Juan Alfredo Sanchez Velasquez. The narcotics were shipped to the officers by mail and in some instances they were delivered in person when the parties met at locations outside Fairfax County.
At their final meeting on August 26, the two suspects were arrested by local and federal officers in the Los Angeles, Calif., area on outstanding Fairfax County warrants. Caballero-Moreno, 54, of no fixed address, was charged with distribution of cocaine, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, three counts of transporting narcotics into Virginia and two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Sanchez Velasquez, 39, of no fixed address, was charged with distribution of cocaine, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, three counts of transporting narcotics into Virginia, two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and money laundering. Both men are currently incarcerated in Los Angeles awaiting extradition.
In all, the methamphetamine purchased had a local street value of approximately $2 million. Additionally, the suspects reportedly conspired to sell the undercover officers large quantities of crystal methamphetamine on a monthly basis which would have had a local street value of more than $8.5 million per month. They also allegedly offered to sell the officers approximately $1.4 million worth of pure cocaine on a regular basis.
The Shenandoah County Sheriffâ€™s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives-Martinsburg Field Office, the Pasadena Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department assisted in the investigation.