Bakersfield Man Indicted After Attempting To Distribute Five Pounds Of Methamphetamine
FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Edwin Rigoberto Mayorga-Fajardo, 42, of Bakersfield, charging him with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
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 Mayorga-Fajardo’s vehicle he sped off and a chase ensued. While attempting to flee, he was observed throwing packages of methamphetamine from the vehicle. Eventually Mayorga-Fajardo was stopped and arrested and approximately four pounds of methamphetamine was recovered.
This case is the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), 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.
If convicted, Mayorga-Fajardo faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million 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.