A man wanted for his alleged participation in a Tijuana drug cartel was extradited to San Diego this week.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office claims that Cesar Alfredo Meza-Garcia, 36, is a leader within the Tijuana cartel. Meza-Garcia faces 19 charge, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.
Meza-Garcia was arrested in Mexico last year during a multi-agency investigation known as Operation Jackhammer II. Agents believe the alleged Tijuana cartel leader was responsible for transporting cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana from Mexico to California.
Meza-Garcia will appear in court at 10:30 a.m. on March 8. If convicted, he could face life in prison in addition to a $10 million fine.