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3 indicted in 582-pound marijuana haul

Two men implicated in a quarter-ton pot haul have been indicted by a federal grand jury, along with a third man who was unnamed when the investigation originally came to light.

This month, a federal grand jury indicted Alvaro Rivera-Arvayo, 23; Luis A. Ramirez-Perez, 49; and Matthew D. Hottinger, 38, on a single count of possessing with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

Hottinger also faces a count of maintaining a building for the purpose of storing and distributing marijuana, authorities said.

Rivera-Arvayo and Ramirez-Perez were arrested in late April after a shipment of marijuana was discovered by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Indianapolis.

Agents snatched the shipment and drove it to Fort Wayne to complete the delivery of 25 bales of marijuana.

Nearly 600 pounds of marijuana were found in an Auburn Road house where a man told investigators he was paid by Ramirez-Perez to store it, according to court documents.