On March 6th, 2023

Tulare County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

“This is an example of what law enforcement officers can accomplish when combining resources from local, state, and federal law enforcement offices.  The work that takes place daily in the war on illegal drugs is astonishing.  It is work that helps to protect our public safety, our communities and California families.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona

FRESNO— On March 6, 2023, Jesus Angulo, 36, of Woodlake, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to distribute it.

According to court documents, a team of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers partnered in an investigation into a group of Tulare County Sureños. During the investigation, law enforcement discovered that Angulo and his co-defendant Jonathan Gallegos were traveling to Southern California and into Mexico to obtain illegal drugs, including kilograms of cocaine. On Oct. 26, 2021, law enforcement officers stopped Angulo and Gallegos as they were traveling northbound in Kern County in a pickup truck. Inside the truck officers found more than nine kilograms of cocaine and a stolen, loaded firearm.

The case is the result of an investigation by the

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation,
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service,
  • Tulare County Area Regencies Gun Enforcement Team,
  • Visalia Police Department,
  • California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Investigation,
  • California Highway Patrol Special Operations Unit,
  • Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.

Angulo is set for sentencing on June 12, 2023.  Angulo faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which consider a number of variables.

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