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Fresno Couple Indicted for Drug Possession and Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Edilberto Vidrio, 53, and Elena Castillo, 46, both of Fresno, charging them with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin, and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. 

According to court documents, Fresno police officers assisted Monterey County District Attorney’s Office to serve a search warrant unrelated to narcotics at Vidrio and Castillo’s apartment. They found approximately 30 pounds of methamphetamine, a pound of cocaine, and 1.8 pounds of heroin packaged for sale in their apartment. Scales and other items associated with the sale of narcotics were also found in their apartment.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Fresno Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurel J. Montoya is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Vidrio and Castillo face 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 defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated April 25, 2019

Drug Trafficking