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Modesto Methamphetamine Dealers Indicted for Drug Trafficking and Being an Illegal Alien in Possession of a Firearm

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an indictment today against Raymond Rodriguez, 72, and Rigoberto Guerra-Salcedo, 54, charging them with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm while being an alien unlawfully in the United States, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Rodriguez sold kilogram quantities of methamphetamine to a confidential informant working for law enforcement in 2019 and 2020. A covert investigation determined that Guerra-Salcedo was supplying methamphetamine to Rodriguez. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers followed Guerra-Salcedo as he delivered wholesale amounts of methamphetamine to Rodriguez.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT), the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Lee is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Rodriguez and Guerra-Salcedo face a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison. Any sentence, however, would 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. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated June 18, 2020

Drug Trafficking