A federal judge in Fresno on Monday sentenced two men to prison who had been arrested four years ago in a methamphetamine case investigated by Modesto police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii sentenced Jesus Gonzalez Perez, aka Jesse Rodriguez, 43, of Rio Linda, and Alberto Estrada Perez, aka Martin Bazan and Saul Mora Cruz, 34, of Mexico City, to 15 and 10 years, respectively, in prison.
They were convicted of conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.
In October, the men pleaded guilty to the charges and admitted that with co-defendants Juan Luis Aleman, 29, and Jose Efrain Rangel-Garcia, 28, they conspired to distribute methamphetamine.
According to court documents, the defendants agreed to sell the drugs to “a police operative,” a federal court news release said.
They were arrested Jan. 3, 2007, after delivering 10 pounds of crystal meth wrapped as a Christmas gift.
In 2009, Aleman was sentenced to 12 years in prison and deportation, and Rangel-Garcia was sentenced to 11 years and deportation.