Suspected Tijuana Cartel Leader Extradited to San Diego

Cesar Alfredo Meza-Garcia, 36, will appear in court on Friday

By Sarah Grieco
|  Thursday, Mar 7, 2013  |  Updated 4:49 PM PDT
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Suspected Tijuana Cartel Leader Extradited to SD

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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.

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