Documents Show Mexico's 'King of Heroin' Caught on Wiretaps

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VENTURA, California -- California court documents show the man accused of being Mexico's "King of Heroin" was caught on wiretap conversations talking to co-conspirators about drug transactions involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The documents obtained by the Ventura County Star show that 36-year-old Jose Antonio Medina Arreguin also discussed storing drugs at secret locations until they could be distributed.

The Mexican national was booked into county jail Oct. 13 after being extradited from his home country.

He later pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to transport heroin for sale and a special allegation that the drugs exceeded 40 kilos, or 88 pounds.

He will be back in Ventura County Superior Court for a court hearing on Dec. 9.