Two Men Arrested on Federal Charges for Role in Large-Scale
MAY 25 -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams, and Auburn Chief of Police Valerie Harris announced today that two men have been arrested on federal charges relating to a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute hydrocodone. The two men, Raymond Reyes, 27, of Lincoln, and Brandon Savaloja, 34, of Roseville, were indicted by a federal grand jury last week and made their first court appearance today at 2:00 p.m.
This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the Auburn Police Department and the Sacramento Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel McConkie.
The indictment alleges that Reyes and Savaloja conspired with each other and with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, to a number of minors within 1,000 feet of the Meadow Vista K-8 Community Independent Study Home School and E.V. Cain Middle School in Auburn. The indictment also alleges that on eight separate occasions Reyes contacted pharmacies in Rocklin and Lincoln and falsely represented that a physician had authorized prescriptions for hydrocodone. He paid for the prescriptions at the pharmacies with his personal health insurance; despite the fact that he knew that the prescriptions had not been authorized and that the health insurance company should therefore not be responsible for the cost. Reyes and Savaloja are also charged with unlawful possession of a means of identification of another, and Reyes is further charged with aggravated identity theft.
Auburn Chief of Police Valerie Harris stated, “The combined efforts of the Auburn Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration have made possible the arrest of multiple suspects and greatly impacted the flow of illegal prescription drugs into the Auburn area. In addition to the federal case, 16 other persons were arrested in connection with this illicit drug network and charges are pending against eight others.”
The maximum statutory penalty for a violation of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute hydrocodone is 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The maximum statutory penalty for false statements relating to health care matters is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The maximum statutory penalty for unlawful possession of means of identification of another is 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The charge of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
The charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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