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Jury finds men guilty of meth crimes

A Merced County jury convicted two men of transporting two pounds of methamphetamine with plans to sell it.

Gabriel Reyes Guerrero, 35, and Martin Herrera Robles, 38, were found guilty Thursday of possessing a firearm while trafficking narcotics.

Guerrero and Robles face up to 14 years in state prison. They’ll be sentenced next month by Merced County Superior Court Judge Carol Ash.

Deputy District Attorney Steven Slocum prosecuted the case and said the jurors saw through the defendants’ lies when they testified.

“This jury did a thorough job of weighing the evidence and the defendants’ stories, which frankly were just not credible,” Slocum said in the statement.

The jury spent five hours deliberating.

The Moreno Valley men were arrested by Los Banos Police Department officers in September 2007. They found $100,000 worth of methamphetamine inside a lawnmower’s grass catcher that was in the Ford pickup’s bed.

The officers also found a .45 caliber handgun and a .38 caliber handgun.