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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bakersfield Man Pleads Guilty In Drug Distribution Ring

FRESNO, Calif. —Jose Mojarro Cruz, aka Shyboy, 28, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, from May 2013 through January 2014, Cruz regularly distributed methamphetamine and heroin to various drug dealers and users in Kern County.  In particular, Cruz admitted to distributing a combined total of more than 15 kilograms of methamphetamine. 

This case is the product of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration, 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.

Cruz is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on July 20, 2015. Cruz faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will 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.

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Updated May 1, 2015