“We must continue in the fight to combat illegal drug trafficking in our state as it often leads to violent crimes and crimes against innocent members of our communities. We thank the law enforcement officers whose bravery allows for these types of investigations, arrests and prosecutions.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona
FRESNO— On August 14, 2023, two Fresno residents were sentenced for gun and drug charges that arose from a long-term investigation that uncovered evidence of a drug trafficking conspiracy.
Maximiliano Wilfrido Rios Ruiz, 27, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Pedro Duran, 32, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.
According to court documents, between February and April 2020, on at least two occasions, Ruiz met with a supplier to obtain cocaine, which Ruiz and his co-conspirator intended to distribute. A search of Ruiz’s residence uncovered a firearm and additional amounts of cocaine.
According to court documents, in April 2020, Duran was identified as a large-scale narcotics trafficker. A search of Duran’s storage unit uncovered 33 pounds of methamphetamine, 3 pounds of cocaine, 3 pounds of fentanyl pills, and over 3 pounds of marijuana. Duran’s residence also contained additional amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine, seven firearms, ammunition, and approximately $8,800 in cash.
These cases were the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, the Fresno County Sherriff’s Office, the Fresno Police Department, the Special Operations Unit of the California Department of Justice and the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin J. Gilio and Antonio J. Pataca prosecuted the case.