Norwalk man charged for drug trafficking

NORWALK -- A 26-year-old Norwalk man has been indicted for his role in a drug trafficking network that allegedly smuggled in methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin from Mexico and distributed them throughout Southern California.

Juan Carlos Garcia, of Norwalk, was one of two dozen suspects named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury Dec. 3. He remains a fugitive.

The indictment comes as authorities announced Operation Rosebud targeting the street gang known as "Vario Pasadena Rifa" (VPR) whose members are known to distribute large quantities of meth in Pasadena and surrounding areas in the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said.

VPR operated through a network of suppliers that facilitied the deliver of pure methamphetamine from Sinaloa, Mexico through southwest states and ultimately to local destinations.

The task force seized more than 60 pounds of meth, six pounds of tar heroin and five pounds of powder cocaine. The drugs had an estimated street value of $2.5 million.

Authorities also seized four vehicles and approximately $40,000 cash.

Garcia is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; use of a telephone to facilitate a felony drug offense; aiding and abetting; and criminal forfeiture.