FRESNO— On August 28, 2023 the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Jesus Angulo, 34, of Woodlake, was sentenced to five years and six months in prison for possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.
According to court documents, a long-term investigation uncovered a scheme involving the trade of illegal drugs sourced in Mexico and California for firearms sourced in Texas. In 2021, a team of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers partnered in an investigation into the Tulare County Surenos Street Gang. Part of the investigation focused on Angulo and his associates, who were involved in shipping illegal drugs and firearms across state lines.
On Oct. 26, 2021, Angulo and his associate were stopped by law enforcement after picking up narcotics from a source in Los Angeles. Officers located more than 9 kilograms of cocaine and a firearm in Angulo’s car.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, the Tulare County Area Regencies Gun Enforcement Team, the Visalia Police Department, the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Investigation, the California Highway Patrol’s Special Operations Unit, and the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.
“This prison sentence is the result of an investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement officers. Combining resources and the expertise of these public safety professionals along with the knowledge of their various jurisdictions is a plus for public safety,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.