Three Indicted for Manufacture of Methamphetamine in Madera
FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Oscar Rene Marrot-Garcia (Marrot), 26, of Chowchilla, and Mexican nationals Jose Monge Ponce (Ponce), 26, and Francisco Alcantar-Miranda (Alcantar), 30, charging them with conspiring to manufacture, to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, and maintaining drug premises, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, Marrot rented a rural residence in Madera in December 2018 and set up a methamphetamine lab there. Joined by Ponce and Alcantar, the three assisted in manufacturing methamphetamine and storing large quantities of other drugs at the unoccupied Madera residence. At the end of January law enforcement executed a search warrant at the residence and found all three men there. They also found 22.4 pounds of methamphetamine in solution, 14 pounds of finished methamphetamine, 1 pound of cocaine, 2 pounds of heroin, and 25 pounds of marijuana. A handgun with a fully loaded magazine was also found.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET) and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) team, which consists of agents from Homeland Security Investigations, California Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol, Fresno, the Sheriffs’ Offices of Tulare, and King Counties, and the Fresno Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen A. Escobar is prosecuting the case.
If convicted of the drug conspiracy, manufacturing, and possession with the intent to distribute charges, the defendants face a mandatory minimum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, along with a $10 million fine. As to maintaining drug premises, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. The defendants may also be responsible to pay any cleanup costs associated with the disposal of the hazardous materials. 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.