California Man Convicted of Federal Drug Charges
Contact: David B. Joyce or
M. Andrew McCormack
Assistant U.S. Attorneys
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that
Mark Razo, 23, of El Monte, California, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin,
cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine; and of using a telephone to commit a federal drug
felony, following a five-day jury trial in U.S. District Court in Bangor.
According to the evidence presented at trial, Razo operated an interstate drug conspiracy
while incarcerated in a California state prison using contraband cellular telephones. In June
2011, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in Portland, Maine, who were monitoring
a court-authorized wiretap, learned that Razo had arranged for a four-pound shipment of pure
methamphetamine to Iowa. Law enforcement personnel in Ottumwa, Iowa seized this
shipment. Agents also learned that Razo arranged for the distribution of other drugs across the
The conspiracy charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years, a maximum
penalty of life and a fine of up to $10,000,000. The telephone counts carry a maximum penalty
of eight years and a fine of up to $250,000. He will be sentenced after completion of a
presentence report by the United States Probation Office.
This case was investigated by DEA, with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Kennebec (Maine) Sheriff’s Office, the
Southeast Iowa Drug Task Force, the Wapello County (Iowa) Sheriff's Office, investigators from
the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Stamford (Connecticut) Police
Department, the Augusta (Maine) Police Department, and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
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