Ditch Drop Drug Dealer Sentenced To 14 Years
JUN 18 -- (FRESNO, Calif.) — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams announced today that United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced Raymond D. Mendosa Jr., 43, of Delhi, California to 14 years in prison for conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine.
This case is the product of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency (SDEA), with assistance from the Central Valley California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force, and the California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (CAL-MMET). OCDETF is a focused interagency program investigating and prosecuting the most significant drug trafficking organizations throughout the United States by leveraging the combined expertise of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Assistant United States Attorney Karen Escobar prosecuted this case.
According to court documents, Mendosa stashed methamphetamine in rural road ditches and edges of cornfields at night to conceal his drug trafficking activities and then retrieved the drug the next day for distribution in the Stanislaus and Merced County areas. This investigation included five federal wiretaps of a phone used by Mendosa and one of his sources of drug supply, Noel Castillo, 37, of Turlock. As a result of the investigation, Mendosa and three other defendants, Noel Castillo, his wife, Denice Marie Hector, 34, and Alfredo Ayala, aka “Pollo,” all of Turlock, were indicted in federal court in Fresno and seven additional defendants were charged at the state level. Agents also seized eight pounds of crystal methamphetamine, $849,095 in cash, 14 firearms, and one hand grenade.
Mendosa’s drug source, Castillo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and is scheduled for sentencing on September 9, 2010. His wife, Hector, has entered a guilty plea to lying to DEA agents about the contents of a safe deposit box containing $199,832 U.S. currency that she maintained for Castillo. Ayala, who was identified during the course of the investigation as a source of methamphetamine supply for Castillo, is scheduled for a jury trial in August.
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