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Two Southern California men charged in cocaine conspiracy case

Two Southern California men were charged Monday in federal court for allegedly conspiring to transport 70 kilos of cocaine from California to North Carolina.

Bobby Ray Palacios, 40, of Buena Park and Jose Carlos Rios, 43, of Pomona were arrested Friday night after allegedly delivering cocaine to an undercover operative working under the direction of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the U.S. attorney's office in Riverside said.

Both men have been charged in a federal complaint with conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of more than five kilograms of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Palacios allegedly promised to pay a "DEA confidential source," a truck driver, $800 per kilo of cocaine taken to North California, the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement.

Both men were scheduled for an initial appearance Monday afternoon in federal court in Riverside.

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