United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Three Charged with Methamphetamine Manufacture and Distribution
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
CONTACT: Lauren Horwood
January 13, 2011
PHONE: (916) 554-2706
FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a
federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Jorge Luis Carden Reyna, 36, of Ceres,
Ironel Rodriguez Gonzalez, 31, of Modesto, and Julio Ruela Chaire, 27, of Sacramento, in a
conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.
According to the indictment, from November 2009 until December 17, 2010, Reyna and
Chaire were involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Reyna and Gonzalez are
charged with conspiring to aid and abet the manufacture of methamphetamine and, on December
17, 2010, were in possession of federally restricted chemicals used to make methamphetamine.
The maximum statutory penalty for the conspiracy, drug distribution and drug possession
charges is life in prison and a $4 million fine. The maximum penalty for charges relating to
chemicals used to make methamphetamine is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual
sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any
applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a
number of variables.
The charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless
proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is a product of an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force
(OCDETF) effort. OCDETF is an interagency program that investigates and prosecutes the most
significant drug trafficking and money laundering organizations throughout the U.S. by
leveraging the combined expertise of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
OCDETF task force members in this case included the Drug Enforcement Administration, the
Merced Mariposa High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, California Bureau of Narcotic
Enforcement, Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Administration, and Central Valley High Intensity
Drug Trafficking Area. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen A. Servatius is prosecuting the case.
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