Feds: San Jose meth dealers arrested after 37-pound deal

SAN JOSE — Three men are facing federal drug distribution charges, following a federal investigation that spanned nearly a year, according to court records.

Miguel Bravo Vasquez, Francisco Heredia, and Jose Alberto Cruz Garcia were charged Thursday with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In charging documents, Homeland Security Investigations agents detailed two undercover deals where a combined 42 pounds of meth were recovered.

The charging documents detailed how authorities conducted surveillance on the three men at least twice over the last several months.

In the first undercover deal, last September, Bravo Vasquez allegedly sold a federal agent five pounds of meth and added some fentanyl pills as a bonus, according to the complaint. The next deal alleged in court records was last week, when Heredia and Cruz Garcia were reportedly spotted by agents helping Bravo Vasquez stash meth into a car, hiding it in a speaker box in the trunk.

Bravo Vasquez then allegedly drove to a meeting with an undercover agent, at a Smart & Final in San Jose. During the meeting, the agent gave a signal, prompting other agents to move in and make an arrest. Authorities recovered 37 pounds from the speaker box stash area, according to charging documents.