FBI: Sacramento grocery owner charged in cocaine ring
, 2022-04-25 02:00:00,
The owner of a small grocery store in Sacramento is among two local men charged last month in federal court, accused in a cocaine trafficking ring with ties to one of Mexico’s most violent drug cartels.
Jose Manuel Chavez Zepeda, 54, was charged in a criminal complaint filed March 14 and recently unsealed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Chavez and Denis Zacarias Ponce Castillo, 37, of Sacramento were each charged with one count of distribution of at least 500 grams of cocaine and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, according to court documents.
Chavez resides in Carmichael and owns La Victoria Supermercado, a Mexican grocery store on Del Paso Boulevard in Old North Sacramento, according to the court filing, which came following an FBI investigation launched in April 2016.
The complaint alleges that Chavez used his store to launder money and managed a network of local…
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