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Lodi Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kenneth O’Neil, 49, of Lodi, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, between June 7, 2018, and June 28, 2018, O’Neil sold at least 563 grams of heroin to a co-conspirator, who then sold those drugs to an undercover agent.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Calaveras Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron L. Desmond is prosecuting the case.

O’Neil is scheduled to be sentenced on June 27, 2023, by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd. O’Neil faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will 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.

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

Updated March 21, 2023

Drug Trafficking