Men from California charged with meth conspiracy in Jasper County

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Two men from California have been charged in federal court after being stopped on I-44 with kilograms of meth hidden in their vehicle.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Margarito Morales-Alvarez, 28-years-old, of California, and Jorge Armando Camacho-Sanchez, 38-years-old, were charged in a criminal complaint on Monday. 

The federal criminal complaint charges Morales-Alvarez and Camacho-Sanchez with one count of conspiracy to distribute meth in Jasper County from June 8 to 10, 2018.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper stopped Morales-Alvarez on Sunday, June 10, 2018, on I-44 in Jasper County. 

The release says, the trooper became suspicious because Morales-Alvarez and Camacho-Sanchez could not identify the specific city of their destination and the vehicle they were driving belonged to a third party, whom they had difficulty identifying.

The trooper deployed his canine, which indicated the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle.

The trooper searched the vehicle and found five cellophane-wrapped plastic bags, each containing approximately a kilogram of meth, in a large speaker box in the trunk of the vehicle. Morales-Alvarez later told investigators that they were on their way to Indiana to deliver the vehicle.

The charge contained in this complaint is an accusation and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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