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DEA Arrests Man with 27 Kilograms of Methamphetamine

OCT 31 (NEWARK, N.J.) ––Carl J. Kotowski, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division and Paul J. Fishman, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey announced a South Gate, California, man appeared in federal court today to face a drug distribution charge after he was arrested and found with 27 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in a tractor trailer he was driving.

Tomas Lopez Beltran, 45, is charged by complaint with one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court and was detained. He was arrested Oct. 28, 2016 by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

On Oct. 28, 2016, law enforcement performed a traffic stop of a tractor trailer in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The tractor trailer was driven by Beltran. During a lawful search, law enforcement recovered approximately 27 kilograms (60 pounds) of methamphetamine from a concealed compartment inside the cab of the trailer.

The possession with intent to distribute charge carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine.


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