Ripon Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jamie Rangel, 27, of Ripon, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to 14 years in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. On May 1, 2015, Rangel’s co-defendant, Daniel Covarrubias, 23, of Ripon, was sentenced to eight years and five months in prison.
According to court documents, Rangel and Covarrubias were members of a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy in the city of Ripon. Over the course of two months, undercover agents purchased approximately 1.387 kilograms of methamphetamine from them. Rangel and Covarrubias were arrested in Modesto at the conclusion of the operation.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Ripon Police Department, the Stockton Police Department, and the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Olusere Olowoyeye prosecuted the case.