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

Friday, April 20, 2018

South Bay Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison

San Francisco– Alexander Mendoza was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for his part in a conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine, announced Acting United States Attorney Alex G. Tse and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Susan Illston, U.S. District Judge, following a guilty plea entered in August of last year.

Mendoza, 36, of San Mateo, Calif., pleaded guilty on August 31, 2017, to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine, and five counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  The defendant entered a guilty plea without a written agreement.  As part of his plea agreement, he admitted to distributing methamphetamine from the Northern District of California to Texas, and to shipping the methamphetamine on five occasions through the mail.  Mendoza pleaded guilty to all counts in the indictment.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Illston sentenced Mendoza to a 5-year period of supervised release. The defendant was remanded to custody and will begin serving his sentence immediately.   

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Vartain is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Theresa Benitez.  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.  

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 30, 2018