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Kings County Man Sentenced to 10 years in Prison for Methamphetamine Sales

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

FRESNO, Calif. — Doug Gines, 50, of Hanford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd to 10 years in prison for distributing methamphetamine, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, in June 2019, Gines was arrested as part of a multi-agency gang sweep in the Central Valley that focused on the Nuestra Familia prison gang and Norteno street gang members in Kings County. Wiretaps on several drug dealers in Kings County showed Gines to be a drug dealer. Gines was ultimately charged with distributing methamphetamine on two occasions, including the charge he was sentenced on today, distributing 216 grams of actual methamphetamine on May 26, 2019.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Kings County Gang Task Force; the Special Operations Unit of the California Highway Patrol; the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin J. Gilio, Katherine E. Schuh, and Kimberly A. Sanchez are prosecuting the case.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated December 6, 2021

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