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SAN JOSE – Juan Figueroa Garcia was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Jay Fitzpatrick.
Garcia pleaded guilty on Feb. 12, 2014. According to the plea agreement, Garcia admitted that, between May of 2012, and Nov. 30, 2012, he conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in the Northern District of California. Garcia also admitted that he stored drugs and drug proceeds at his residence in Modesto, Calif. When law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Garcia’s residence on Nov. 30, 2012, agents found approximately 8.7 kilograms of methamphetamine in his home, and a methamphetamine conversion laboratory in his garage. Laboratory tests of the methamphetamine seized from Garcia’s home revealed that it was 99.8% pure.
Garcia, 36, of Modesto, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 28, 2013.
The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Lucy H. Koh, United States District Court Judge, following Garcia’s guilty plea to Count One of the Second Superseding Indictment, charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). Judge Koh also sentenced the defendant to a 5 year period of supervised release. The defendant has been in federal custody since Jan. 8, 2013.
Richard Cheng and Chinhayi Cadet are the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who are prosecuting the case with the assistance of Yanira Osorio. This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, a focused multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force investigating and prosecuting the most significant drug trafficking organizations throughout the United States by leveraging the combined expertise of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.