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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Three Indicted In Alleged Stockton Methamphetamine Ring

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Stockton residents Rigoberto Cecena, 24, Yusen Valenzuela-Herrera, 25, and Elisabet Perez, 25, charging them with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and distribution of methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, between September 23, 2014, and October 16, 2014, Cecena, Valenzuela-Herrera, and Perez conspired to distribute methamphetamine. Valenzuela-Herrera and Perez are also being charged with possessing heroin for distribution. Additionally, Cecena and Valenzuela-Herrera are being charged with distributing methamphetamine.

This case is the product of an investigation by the San Joaquin County Metropolitan Narcotic Task Force (METRO). Special Assistant United States Attorney Josh F. Sigal is prosecuting the case.

The defendants are currently in custody. If convicted, all three 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 defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated April 8, 2015