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Eastern District of California

Friday, February 27, 2015

Three Bakersfield Men Indicted For Conspiracy To Distribute Methamphetamine

FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment Thursday against Bakersfield residents Guillermo Magallanes, 36; Pasqual Gonzales Magallanes, 44; and Juan Lascano Jr, 32, charging them with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, the three men conspired to distribute methamphetamine in the Bakersfield area. In addition to the criminal charges the United States is seeking the forfeiture of $31,242 in United States Currency, a 2014 Lexus IS250 F Sport, and a 2012 Acura TL sedan as proceeds of the illegal drug trafficking activity.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bakersfield Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, the defendants face 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 defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Docket #: 1:15-cr-049 LJO
Updated April 8, 2015