General Crime

Maria Anay Castaneda Aleman and Emmanuel Navarro Gallegos, AKA: Armando Roberto Espino Charged with Allegedly Conspiring to Distribute Methamphetamine

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A federal grand jury in San Jose indicted a couple for possession of more than 90 pounds of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Defendants Maria Anay Castaneda-Aleman and Emmanuel Navarro Gallegos, also known as “Armando Roberto Espino” were charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said.

Castaneda-Aleman was also charged for renting a house in San Jose that was used in the manufacture, storiage and distribution of methamphetamine, Haag said. An affidavit filed by a Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations alleges that on May 3, HSI responded to a house on Plateau Drive in San Jose on a report that drugs had been discovered on the premises.

The agents found more than 90 pounds of methamphetamine hidden beneath stairwells in the house, Haag said. According to the affidavit, Castaneda-Aleman was renting the house and lived there with her boyfriend Gallegos. Castaneda-Aleman was arrested on May 3, but Emmanuel Navarro Gallegos remains at large. The defendants could face life imprisonment, Haag said.

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