JUN 25 (FRESNO, Calif.) — Marco Antonio Granados, 20, of Fontana, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
According to court documents, Granados admitted that on October 16, 2013, he and his cousin met with a confidential informant to negotiate the sale of 30 pounds of methamphetamine. After several minutes of negotiations, Granados and his cousin showed the informant their stash of methamphetamine that was in a large brown cardboard box in the rear cargo area of their vehicle. At this point, law enforcement personnel arrived on scene and arrested them. Officers searched the vehicle and recovered 31 individually brown wrapped and “food saver” sealed packages of methamphetamine.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.
Granados is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on September 15, 2014. Granados faces a statutory penalty of 10 years to life in prison. 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.