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Leader of Butte County Methamphetamine Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 17 Years in Federal Prison

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Federico Sandoval Aguilar, 43, of Biggs, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to 17 and half years in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Aguilar was the head of a drug trafficking organization that was responsible for distributing pound-quantities of methamphetamine on a weekly basis in Butte County. Over a four-month period in 2013, Aguilar’s organization distributed over 49 pounds of methamphetamine. Aguilar was arrested at his residence in August 2013, where law enforcement officers found 15 cellphones, five guns, and $50,000 in cash concealed within a bathroom air vent.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF), the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the Butte County Probation Department, the Butte County District Attorney’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Justice Bureau of Gambling Control, the Chico Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service. Assistant United States Attorney Justin Lee prosecuted the case.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF program was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multi-level 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.

Updated October 16, 2015

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2:13-cr-296 KJM