Two Charged with Conspiring to Distribute Heroin in Stockton
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Ivan Martinez-Lopez, 29, a Mexican national, and Saul Moreno-Lemus, 22, of Reedley, charging them with conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute heroin, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, Martinez-Lopez and Moreno-Lemus arranged to sell several kilograms of heroin to a confidential informant who was working with law enforcement authorities at the time. At an arranged time and place, the informant met with the two men who showed the informant the heroin in the back seat of their car. At that time, the informant gave a signal to law enforcement agents surveilling the transaction. Officers converged on the scene and took both defendants into custody.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the San Joaquin County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney James Conolly is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, both defendants face a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, with a maximum of life, 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.