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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Final Defendant in Stockton Methamphetamine Conspiracy Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Thomas Jaime Orozco, 35, of Stockton, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to 12 years in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, Orozco was the leader of a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy in San Joaquin County in 2012. He supplied five co-defendants with methamphetamine that they, in turn, sold to an undercover agent and others. On two occasions, an undercover agent purchased a total of about 1.7 pounds of methamphetamine from Orozco’s co-conspirators. On November 29, 2012, the undercover agent agreed to meet with Orozco in Lodi to purchase 10 pounds of methamphetamine. Co-conspirators Vincent Camarillo, 29, and Theodore Ohagen IV, 25, both of Stockton, came with Orozco. Agents arrested all three at the site of the deal and discovered that Camarillo was carrying a stolen, loaded handgun concealed in his waistband.

After the arrests, police found at the site of the last deal, which was a home occupied by co-conspirator Jeffrey Lamendola, 53, of Lodi, two additional loaded handguns, four pistol magazines, 70 rounds of ammunition, 55 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, baggies, needles, and 215 grams of marijuana. A Lodi residence shared by Camarillo and Ohagen contained two bulletproof vests, seven rifle magazines, one pistol magazine, about 700 rounds of ammunition, nearly $15,000 in cash, 12 cellphones, 24 grams of cocaine, and nearly 10 kilograms of marijuana.

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Amanda Beck prosecuted the case.

“This sentence is a direct result of the tireless work HSI agents and our local law enforcement partners have carried out to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking rings in a joint effort to keep our communities safe,” said Ryan L. Spradlin, Special Agent in Charge of HSI San Francisco.

After pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, Camarillo was sentenced to 10 years in prison on October 28, 2016, and Lamendola was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison on January 6, 2016.

The following defendants in the conspiracy pleaded guilty to using a cellphone for the purpose of drug trafficking and were sentenced as follows: On January 20, 2016, Sarah Torreblanca, 29, of San Jose, was sentenced to four years in prison; on April 9, 2014, Lisa Elliott, 55, of Lodi, was sentenced to three years in prison; and on March 2, 2016, Ohagen was sentenced to four years in prison.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 
2:12-cr-451 KJM
Updated May 13, 2016