Authorities say a two-year-long drug trafficking investigation in central Iowa has culminated with nine arrests. Investigators had been tracking the sale of methamphetamine in the Marshalltown area.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, authorities were able to search “several residences in Marshalltown and an apartment in Ankeny” as part of the investigation. Federal agents and local authorities collaborated, but the nine individuals arrested face federal charges.
Eight are accused of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The other was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Each faces at least 10 years or a maximum of life in prison if convicted.
Those arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine are: Jose Sanchez Adame, Jose Luis Sanchez Adame, Raymundo Sotel Calderon, Fidel Sanchez, Antonio Cabrera Mendiola, Kyla Nicole Forbes, Shannon Lee Fogle and Fernando Camacho.
James Michael Buffington was also arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.