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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 19, 2019

San Leandro Man Charged with Possessing Methamphetamine for Distribution

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment today against Jose Victor Rodriguez, 36, of San Leandro, charging him with possession with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, on Oct. 25, Rodriguez led Manteca police officers on a high‑speed car chase during which he reached speeds of 110 miles per hour and covered 11.5 miles in 7 minutes. He then ran from his vehicle and was seen carrying a black bag that was later recovered and found to contain approximately 84 grams of methamphetamine in multiple separate packages.

This case is the product of an investigation by the FBI, Manteca Police Department, and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Spencer is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Rodriguez faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison and a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, and a $5 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.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to www.justice.gov/psn.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated December 20, 2019