- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) - Three Pasco men are facing federal charges after authorities say they sold methamphetamine to undercover officers during an eight-month investigation.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2dG2T9M ) that Gustavo Negrete-Villalobos, Joel Macias and Francisco Elvira Jr. have each been charged with conspiracy to distribute meth.

Court documents say the Drug Enforcement Administration began the investigation in January after identifying Negrete-Villalobos as a drug trafficker in the Tri-City region.

Authorities say he sold significant quantities of meth and marijuana to undercover detectives at least twice this year, including one deal worth almost $38,000.

Negrete-Villalobos and Macias were arrested by detectives after a Sept. 27 drug deal. Elvira was arrested near his Pasco home, where authorities say they seized at least $50,000 in cash, drugs and three guns.

Macias and Elvira have been released from jail, and Negrete-Villalobos remains jailed while his attorney prepares an argument for his release.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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