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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

San Jose Resident Sentenced To More Than 11 Years In Prison For Role In Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

SAN JOSE – Julio Camacho Pacheco was sentenced today to 140 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, announced Acting United States Attorney Alex G. Tse and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Chris Nielsen.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Beth Labson Freeman, United States District Judge.

Pacheco pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy on April 3, 2018.  According to his plea agreement, Pacheco admitted that between February 10 and February 17 of 2017, he conspired and collaborated with others to sell a pound of methamphetamine to a confidential informant working for the DEA.  Pacheco admitted he delivered approximately 430.5 grams of 100% pure “crystal meth” (d-methamphetamine hydrochloride) to the informant’s car at a Burger King restaurant in San Jose where he and his co-conspirators exchanged the drugs for $4,000.  Further, Pacheco acknowledged that after he was identified as the supplier for the transaction, he participated in another transaction on May 3, 2017, in which he sold a pound of methamphetamine to an undercover officer for $3,200.  On July 19, 2017, Pacheco was arrested after agreeing to sell another two kilograms of methamphetamine to the undercover officer.  At the time of his arrest, Pacheco was at the site arranged for the transaction and in possession of approximately 1,954 grams of crystal methamphetamine.  In all, Pacheco was responsible for the actual and attempted sale of over three kilograms of methamphetamine. 

On October 19, 2017, a federal grand jury returned a second superseding indictment charging Pacheco with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 846 and 841; two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841; and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841.  Pursuant to his plea agreement, Pacheco pleaded guilty to all four counts. 

In addition to the prison term, Judge Freeman sentenced the defendant to a five-year period of supervised release and forfeiture of digital scales and U.S. currency recovered during a search of his home.  Pacheco has been in custody since his arrest and will begin serving his sentence immediately.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marissa Harris prosecuted the case with the assistance of Susan Kreider.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
 

Updated July 17, 2018