By Karen Goff
Fairfax County Police have arrested two men who they tried to sell more than $2 million in methamphetamine as part of a large drug cartel.
Marcos Caballero-Moreno and Juan Alfredo Sanchez Velasquez, both of no fixed address were charged after what police call a "large-scale, multi-million dollar narcotics investigation."
The investigation began in May when undercover officers began communicating with the two men via email, police said. Over the course of several months, the undercover officers made numerous large purchases of crystal methamphetamine and received samples of pure cocaine from the two men.
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 Aug. 26, the two suspects were arrested by local and federal officers in the Los Angeles, CA area on outstanding Fairfax County warrants.
Caballero-Moreno, 54, was charged with distribution of cocaine, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, three counts of transporting narcotics into the Commonwealth and two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Sanchez Velasquez, 39, was charged with distribution of cocaine, three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, three counts of transporting narcotics into the Commonwealth, two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and money laundering. Both men are currently incarcerated in Los Angeles, CA 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 dollars per month.
They also offered to sell the officers approximately $1.4 million dollars of pure cocaine on a regular basis.