3 men arrested after police discover over 3,000 pounds of marijuana

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Authorities arrested three men after they discovered 3,300 pounds of marijuana.

Officials say federal agents arrested Manuel Barron-Hernandez, 40, Juan Carlos Salinas, 19, and Roberto Olivas-Chavez, 31, and charged them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 3,300 pounds of marijuana.

A fourth man, Jesus Rodriguez-Contreras, 40, was also charged in a related criminal complaint with being an illegal alien unlawfully in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Hernandez, Chavez, and Contreras are all Mexican nationals.

After obtaining a search warrant, agents searched a storage unit where the three defendants were detained.

Agents say they found 42 large blue garbage dumpsters stacked in the building.

According to court documents, the agents located and seized 3,319 packages of marijuana weighing approximately one pound each in the bottom portion (false door) of the 42 dumpsters.

As part of this investigation, court records indicate that agents also conducted a search of a residence in the 3700 block of S. Villa Avenue, in Oklahoma City.

Court records say agents located six assault style rifles, a .22 caliber rifle, and over 800 rounds of ammunition at the home.

Agents arrested Rodriguez-Contreras for being an illegal alien unlawfully in possession of these firearms.   He is charged in a separate criminal complaint.

Barron-Hernandez, Olivas-Chavez, and Rodriguez-Contreras remain in custody.  Salinas was released on bond.


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