Elk Grove Couple Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine While Husband Was in Jail
JAN 29 -- SACRAMENTO, Calif.—United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams, announced today that OLIVIA WIMMER, 24, of Elk Grove, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to one count of conspiring with her husband, ERIC BROOKS, 29, also of Elk Grove, to distribute methamphetamine in late December of 2007 and early January of 2008. BROOKS pleaded guilty to the same charge on January 8, 2010.
This case is the product of a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the San Joaquin County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force, the Stockton Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Western El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, the Elk Grove Police Department, and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Assistant United States Attorneys Philip Ferrari and Jean Hobler, who prosecuted the case, the facts presented in BROOKS and WIMMER’s pleas show that on December 13, 2007, BROOKS was one of nine defendants arrested on charges stemming from a federal wiretap investigation into methamphetamine dealing in the Stockton area (Case No. CR S-07-571 GEB). BROOKS was ordered detained pending trial and was incarcerated in the Sacramento County Jail. When inmates make telephone calls from the Sacramento County Jail, they are informed that all calls may be recorded or monitored. Despite that warning, BROOKS continued to run a drug dealing business, using coded language in telephone calls to WIMMER, and directing her to move methamphetamine, currency, and firearms out of their home. In one such call, he asked her whether she had “got everything out of the red tool box, all.” WIMMER replied that she had, but added, “I didn’t know how to open it, so I bent it up.” BROOKS also used coded language to direct WIMMER to move items from a storage locker on Charter Way in Stockton. WIMMER subsequently made efforts to collect payments for and make deliveries of BROOKS’s methamphetamine.
On January 3, 2008, law enforcement officers executed search warrants at the Elk Grove residence shared by BROOKS and WIMMER, and at a storage unit on Charter Way which agents learned was rented in the name of WIMMER’s mother. In the garage of the residence, officers found a large red tool box with a drawer near the bottom that was bent at the corner, as referenced by WIMMER in one of the recorded calls. In the storage locker, among other things, agents found items bearing BROOKS’s name, marijuana grow lights, two separately wrapped (and covered in grease) pound-quantity packages of methamphetamine, an SKS rifle, a loaded banana clip with additional ammunition, and two bulletproof vests. The two pounds of methamphetamine were analyzed by the DEA laboratory and found to be 100 percent pure.
When WIMMER was arrested, she gave a false name to the arresting agents and produced a California Drivers License with her true picture, but identifying her by the false name.
BROOKS and WIMMER are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Burrell on March 26, and April 16, 2010, respectively. The maximum statutory penalty both defendants face is a lifetime term of imprisonment. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables and any applicable statutory sentencing factors.