United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Selma Residents Indicted for Methamphetamine Trafficking
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Thursday, December 13, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today charging Selma residents Victor Torres, 27 and Daniel Ochoa, 36, with methamphetamine trafficking, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, between May 18, 2012 and December 6, 2012, the defendants conspired to distribute methamphetamine throughout Fresno County. The indictment also alleges that on June 6, 2012 in Kern County, and on December 6, 2012, in Fresno County the defendants possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Fresno Methamphetamine Task Force which consists of the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Fresno County Sheriff’s Department, Fresno Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Kings County Narcotics Task Force, and the California Department of Justice. Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Rooney is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison. Any sentence, however, would 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 defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.