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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Stockton Gang Members Indicted for Methamphetamine Trafficking
Stockton Felon Pleads Guilty in a Separate Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 26, 2013
 

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Docket #: 2:13-cr-326 MCE

 

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment today charging Stockton residents, Robert Guerena, 19, and Robert Vargas, 27, of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, at their arrest, the defendants were found in possession of approximately two pounds of methamphetamine. A search of their residence uncovered a firearm, body armor, packaging materials for controlled substances, digital scales, gun magazines and ammunition. Guerena and Vargas are both documented Norteño gang members.

The statutory penalty for the distribution of methamphetamine charges are a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison, a maximum possible penalty up to 40 years in prison and a $5,000,000 fine. The statutory penalty for the conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine charges are a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, a maximum possible penalty up to life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine. 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; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Barry Rhodes, 28, also of Stockton, pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm. At the time of his arrest, he was wanted on two active warrants. Officers searched his vehicle and found a 9mm Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun. Rhodes had previously been convicted of five felonies.

These cases are the product of investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Stockton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Olusere Olowoyeye is prosecuting the cases.

 

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