On February 24th, 2020

Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy in Madera California DOJ assisted in investigation

FRESNO -On February 21, 2020, Francisco Alcantar-Miranda, 31, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture, to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.

According to the plea agreement, Alcantar assisted in manufacturing methamphetamine and storing large quantities of other drugs at an unoccupied house in Madera. At the end of Jan. 2019, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the house and found Alcantar with co‑defendants Oscar Rene Marrot-Garcia, 27, of Chowchilla, and Jose Monge-Ponce, 31, of Mexico. They also found more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine, 1 pound of heroin, 1 pound of cocaine, and 25 pounds of marijuana. As part of the plea agreement, Alcantar will forfeit a handgun and approximately $18,000 in cash, which were found during the search of the house.

“Kudos to the team of agents and officers who investigated this case and these individuals in an effort to rid the community of illegal drugs and the crimes associated with illegal drug sales and use,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.

Alcantar is scheduled for sentencing on May 15. He faces a mandatory minimum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, and a fine up to $10 million.

Marrot-Garcia and Monge-Ponce are scheduled for a jury trial on June 16.

This case is the product of an investigation by Madera County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET)and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) High Impact Investigation Team (HITT), consisting of agents of Homeland Security Investigations; California Department of Justice; California Highway Patrol; Fresno, Tulare, and King Counties Sheriffs’ Offices; and the Fresno Police Department.

 

 

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