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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 14, 2022

Riverside County Man Charged with Methamphetamine Trafficking in Madera County

FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment today against Jose Efren Beltran, 32, of Mecca, charging him with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on Sept. 18, 2021, in Madera County, Beltran possessed over 500 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Fresno High Impact Investigation Team. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Jean Berger is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Beltran faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. 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 defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated July 14, 2022