Feds bust Amarillo drug ring

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Amarillo, Texas - Three Amarillo men accused of running a cross country drug ring remain in federal custody tonight.
 
After an undercover investigation spanning several months, federal authorities have finally taken down the alleged ringleaders of a methamphetamine distribution operation based in the Texas panhandle.

32-year-old Adrian Garcia Baeza, 34-year-old Jose Luis Pando, and 29-year-old Manuel Garza also known as "Valentine" or "Valle," were arrested yesterday.

They are charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a level four offense.

Law enforcement also confiscated about $150,000.

We're told the undercover investigation involved multiple large purchases of the drug and large amounts of cash.

It is believed the ring extends to California and Virginia.

Baeza, Pando, and Garza are scheduled to appear in the Amarillo Federal Court Friday.

If found guilty, they could each face anywhere from ten years to life in prison and a fine up to $10 million.