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Yuba City Man Indicted for Fentanyl, Heroin, and Methamphetamine Crimes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Elmer Daniel Iglesias Lucatero, 23, of Yuba City, charging him with distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and heroin, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, on February 12, 2018, Lucatero sold an undercover source about 430 grams of pure methamphetamine. Later, on February 26, 2018, Lucatero sold this source about 500 pills advertised as oxycodone. Laboratory analysis later showed that heroin was their active ingredient and, thus, that the pills were counterfeit. Finally, on April 5, 2018, agents executed a search warrant on Lucatero’s Yuba City apartment. There, they found about 13,000 more pills pressed to look like legitimate oxycodone. In reality, the pills contained fentanyl, a powerful and potentially lethal opioid pain reliever. The agents also found about 3,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills in a car that Lucatero had been driving. Laboratory analysis showed that these pills contained heroin.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Beck is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Lucatero faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $26 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 August 2, 2018

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