Traffic Stop Of Bakersfield Men Traveling In Stockton Yields To Seizure Of Over 600 Grams Of Heroin
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a single-count indictment today against Hammurabi Hernandez, 47 and Jorge Medina, 25, both from Bakersfield, charging them with possession with intent to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to the criminal complaint, on December 31, 2014, a California Highway Patrol officer stopped the defendants’ vehicle in Stockton for traffic violations. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers found a backpack on the rear floorboard with a white plastic bag containing two smaller plastic bags that contained heroin. The gross weight of the packages containing the heroin was 1.37 pounds (621.42 grams).
This case is the product of an investigation by the California Highway Patrol, the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office, the San Joaquin Metropolitan Narcotics Taskforce (METRO), the San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Olusere Olowoyeye is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Hernandez and Medina face a maximum statutory penalty of 40 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 defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.