A Merced woman was charged in Fresno federal court Thursday with possessing methamphetamine and cocaine with an intent to distribute.
The federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Graciela Morales-Torres, 32, of Merced. The case is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fresno County Sheriff's Office. Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Sanchez is prosecuting the case.
Court documents say Morales-Torres was pulled over in Fresno by a Fresno County Sheriff's deputy on March 13. The deputy noticed a strong smell of marijuana, so he searched the car and found a small amuont of marijuana and 10 pounds of meth and two bricks of cocaine hidden in a compartment.
Morales-Torres faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine.