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

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

South Bay Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison

SAN JOSE – Jose Jesus Munoz was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine announced Acting United States Attorney Alex G. Tse and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge John J. Martin.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Lucy H. Koh, U.S. District Judge, following the entry of Munoz’s guilty plea to the charge on September 6, 2017. 

Munoz, 46, of San Jose, admitted that he sold methamphetamine to persons he later discovered were undercover law enforcement officers.  He sold the drugs in several transactions, five of which occurred in September and October of 2013, as well as in January, July, and September of 2014.  The amount of methamphetamine sold as a result of the five transactions amounted to 3483.1 grams of methamphetamine in exchange for a total of $57.000.  Munoz further admitted that beginning in January 2015, he entered into an agreement with others to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine.  In sum, Munoz agreed that he conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 4.5 kilograms or more of actual methamphetamine.  

On March 29, 2016, a federal grand jury indicted Munoz and charged him with one count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846; six counts of distribution of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1); and one count of using a communication facility to commit a felony drug offense, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 843(b).  Pursuant to his plea agreement, Munoz pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge and the remaining charges were dismissed.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Koh ordered Munoz to serve a five-year period of supervised release.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Backhus is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Laurie Worthen.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the DEA, the Concord Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service.

Updated March 29, 2018