United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
More Defendants Related to Nuestra Familia Cases Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charges
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
CONTACT: Lauren Horwood
January 27, 2011
PHONE: (916) 554-2706
FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that seven
defendants have been indicted on drug trafficking charges in a case related to pending charges
against members and associates of the Nuestra Familia criminal gang. Robert Salazar, 25, of
Marysville; Cesar Noe Villa, 27, of Marysville; Jorge Jauregui, 25, of Arbuckle; Marcelo
Ambriz, 40, of Arbuckle; Edward Luna, 34, of Sacramento; Gerardo Jaquez, 30, of Modesto;
Rafael Jaquez, 26, of Modesto.
This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the California Department of
Justice Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, working closely with the Yuba-Sutter Narcotic
Enforcement Team Gang Task Force. Assistant United States Attorneys Kimberly Sanchez and
Kathleen Servatius are prosecuting the case.
The indictment alleges that between December and June 2010, the defendants conspired
to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The maximum statutory penalty for a violation of this drug trafficking offense is life in
prison and a $4 million 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.
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