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

Monday, April 28, 2014

Bakersfield Methamphetamine Trafficking Brothers Sentenced to Federal Prison

FRESNO, Calif. — Two brothers from Bakersfield were sentenced today for methamphetamine trafficking offenses, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Ulisses Lopez, 23, was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison, and Erik Lopez was sentenced to four years and two months in prison.

According to court documents, on October 23, 2012, the brothers delivered approximately one pound of methamphetamine to an informant.On February 3, 2014, both defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Southern Tri-County HIDTA Task Force, and the Bakersfield Police Department. This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF Program was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply. Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Rooney prosecuted the case.

Press Release Number: 
Docket #: 1:13 –cr-047 LJO
Updated April 8, 2015