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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 17, 2015

Lodi Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jose Millan, 51, of Lodi, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to nine years in prison for possessing almost 10 pounds of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, in May of 2014, Millan told a confidential informant that he knew people who received regularly scheduled deliveries of methamphetamine from Mexico, and that multiple pounds of methamphetamine were being stored in Lodi. Later that month, officers saw Millan and a co-defendant walk into Millan’s garage and depart shortly afterward carrying an ice chest, which they loaded into the trunk of a car. They drove the car to the parking lot of a restaurant in Lodi, where the confidential informant had arranged to meet Millan.  Officers arrested Millan and the co-defendant without incident. In the ice chest in Millan’s car, officers found 4.4 kilograms of methamphetamine.

“Today’s prison sentence is a reminder of the serious consequences drug traffickers face for trying to bring illicit drugs into our communities,” said Ray Greenlee, assistant special agent in charge for HSI Sacramento. “ICE remains committed to dismantling the international drug trade while ensuring that those who are involved don’t benefit financially.”

This case was the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Lodi Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Josh F. Sigal prosecuted the case.

Millan remains in federal custody. His co-defendant, Miguel Rodriguez, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31, 2015, in Sacramento before Judge Burrell.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 
2:14-cr-160 GEB
Updated July 17, 2015