OAKLAND — Federal prosecutors in the Bay Area have charged an Oakland man with selling methamphetamine by the pound to a confidential federal informant, court records show.
Hector Arteaga was charged last week with distributing at least 50 grams of methamphetamine, a federal offense that carries a five-year minimum prison term, court records show. Arteaga was advised of the charges at his first court appearance on July 11.
The criminal complaint says Arteaga’s arrest was part of an investigation into a Bay Area drug trafficking ring that started last February, and that Arteaga was identified “as a supplier of large amounts of crystal methamphetamine.” A large paragraph that describes how agent’s honed in on Arteaga’s phone has been redacted from the complaint.
Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Curtis Kingman wrote in the complaint that authorities used a person identified only as Confidential Source 2 to set up drug deals with Arteaga. Confidential Source 2 is described as a person who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and is working with the DEA in the hopes of gaining full United States citizenship.
The complaint alleges Arteaga sold the informant one-pound of methamphetamine during a meetup at the Home Depot in San Leandro last February, and another pound during a meeting at the Food Maxx in San Leandro in April. In May, the two met at a 24-Hour Fitness for a two-pound deal. On all occasions, the DEA allegedly trailed Arteaga to a residence in Oakland where he retrieved the drugs.