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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bakersfield Man Convicted Of Attempting To Distribute Five Pounds Of Methamphetamine

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Edwin Rigoberto Mayorga-Fajardo, 42, resident of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty yesterday to possession with attempt to distribute methamphetamine

According to court documents, on April 8, 2014, Mayorga-Fajardo attempted to distribute five pounds of methamphetamine to a government informant.  When law enforcement officers attempted to stop the defendant’s vehicle he sped off and a high speed car chase ensued.  While attempting to flee, the defendant was observed throwing packages of methamphetamine from the vehicle. Eventually the defendant was stopped and arrested and approximately four pounds of methamphetamine was recovered. 

Mayorga-Fajardo is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on May 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM. Mayorga-Fajardo faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 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.

This case was the product of the work of the Department of Homeland Security, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.

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Updated April 8, 2015