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

Monday, June 22, 2015

Man Stopped for Talking on Cellphone Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

FRESNO, Calif. — Mario Farias Pineda, 23, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Pineda was driving northbound on California State Highway 99 when he was pulled over by Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies for talking on his cellphone. The deputies obtained permission to search his vehicle and found approximately 25 pounds of methamphetamine in a hidden compartment behind the rear passenger seat.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Frye prosecuted the case.

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Updated June 22, 2015