SAN FRANCISCO — A San Leandro man has been sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison for possessing methamphetamine and conspiring to distribute it, authorities said.

Candido Bonavente, who has been in custody since he was arrested 18 months ago, was given the prison term by U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in a San Francisco courtroom Thursday.

Bonavente, 34, pleaded guilty in September to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute it, authorities said.

He and co-defendants John Legrand and David Barrientos, both of Hayward; Antonio Lacerda, of Newark; John Nathan, of Oakland; and Gerald Sullivan, of Dublin, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 8, 2009, federal prosecutors said.

Between July 2007 and October 2009, Bonavente bought and distributed methamphetamine throughout the Bay Area, according to the Department of Justice.

He regularly would buy the drug and resell it to others, knowing that they intended to resell it, authorities said.

He also employed people to deliver the drug and pick up payments from his customers.

Among those to whom Bonavente sold the drug were Legrand, Barrientos, Nathan, Lacerda and Sullivan, who also were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine, authorities said.

Sullivan was sentenced in January to nearly five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the two charges, federal prosecutors said.

Nathan, Lacerda and Barrientos also pleaded guilty to the charges in January and are scheduled to be sentenced within the next four weeks. They remain in custody, authorities said.

The arrests and convictions were the result of a multiagency collaboration, including the San Leandro Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which coordinates long-term drug-trafficking investigations.

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  1. Michael Bonavente says:

    Just to let you know they never found Drugs on my brother. Ask for the police report before you write something about someone.