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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Turlock Drug Dealers Sentenced to Prison for Methamphetamine Distribution

FRESNO, Calif. — Turlock residents Joseph Wayne Attaway, 33, and Edmond Hormozi, 51, were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd for methamphetamine trafficking, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Attaway was sentenced to 17 years in prison and Hormozi was sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison. On Oct. 31, 2019, a federal jury found Attaway and Hormozi guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine.

According to evidence presented at trial, Attaway and Hormozi were a source of methamphetamine supply for co-defendant Kasper Kasperian, 52, of Modesto, California. A confidential source working with the FBI purchased approximately 4 pounds of methamphetamine from Kasperian on two occasions. Agents saw Attaway and Hormozi meet with Kasperian immediately before and after each drug deal. Recorded meetings and intercepted communications revealed that Attaway and Hormozi would deliver several pounds of methamphetamine to Kasperian, and after Kasperian sold the drugs to the confidential source, Attaway and Hormozi would immediately collect the money from Kasperian.

Kasperian pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 5.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Valley Gang Impact Team (CVGIT), the Modesto Police Department, the Turlock Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, and Stanislaus County Probation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melanie L. Alsworth and Geoffrey D. Wilson are prosecuting the case.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF Program was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multi-level attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply. 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 
1:15-cr-272 DAD
Updated February 19, 2020