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Mexican National Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez sentenced Juan Zamora Torres, 61, of Mexico, on Tuesday to 10 years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, from approximately July 29, 2019, to June 2, 2021, Torres conspired to distribute methamphetamine, including distributing over 4 pounds of methamphetamine on or about July 29, 2019. Additionally, from April 2019 to July 2019, Torres distributed over 8 pounds of methamphetamine and over a pound of heroin to a confidential source. On March 29, 2022, Torres pleaded guilty to the charges.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Aaron D. Pennekamp and Angela L. Scott prosecuted 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

Updated June 29, 2022

Drug Trafficking