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Several People Arrested in Connection With FBI "Ongoing Investigation"

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Javier Chavez Javier Chavez
Juan Baca Juan Baca
Jose Vega Jose Vega
Marco Ramirez-Villa Marco Ramirez-Villa
Roberto Mora-Mora Roberto Mora-Mora

Federal agents and undercover police capped a 6-month-long investigation into northern Nevada drug-trafficking with the arrest of a suspected ringleader and a dozen co-defendants.

The 13 suspects were arrested Thursday on multiple counts of conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine. A federal magistrate in Reno unsealed the criminal complaint on Friday.          

Court records show a judge signed an order in April approving the interception of multiple suspects' cell phone calls after the FBI launched the investigation in Reno in January with the help of at least one paid informant.       

U.S. Magistrate Valerie Cook ordered the alleged leader, 36-year-old Jose Valentin Mora, held without bail pending a court appearance Monday. 

Among those arrested: 52-year-old Richard Rossall, 44-year-old Juan Baca, 35-year-old Marco Antonio Ramirez-Villa, 58-year-old Roberto Mora-Mora, 58-year-old Javier Chavez, 36-year-old Jose Valentin Mora, 33-year-old Jose Vega, 58-year-old Marcos Hernandez, 35-year-old Shawn Curl, 21-year-old Angel Diaz and 18-year-old Ciara Hernandez.        

She appointed him a federal public defender, who didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Friday evening.  

Court records don't indicate whether the others have lawyers or will be appointed one.

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