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FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today charging Jose Nicolas Olivas Zazueta, 32, and Jorge Hernandez, 34, both of Fresno, with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, in July 2014 members of law enforcement became aware that Hernandez was involved in methamphetamine sales and were able to set up a purchase through confidential sources for $5,000 per pound. On August 2, 2014, Hernandez and Zazueta brought five pounds of methamphetamine to a parking lot on East Kings Canyon Road in Fresno where they were arrested.
This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Michael S. Frye is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 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.