News Release
April 25, 2012
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
Number: 415-436-7994

Member of Sacramento-Based Methamphetamine
Trafficking Organization Sentenced

April 25 (Sacramento, CA) Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Anthony D. Williams and United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that United States District Judge John A. Mendez sentenced Emilio Huaracha Rodriguez, 32, of Guanajuato, Mexico, today to 14 years in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

According to court documents, on January 21, 2011, investigators determined that Emilio Huaracha Rodriguez, a member of a Sacramento-based drug trafficking organization, was on his way back to Sacramento from Southern California. Based on months of investigation, Huaracha Rodriguez was believed to be in possession of a methamphetamine shipment. The investigators were able to identify his car as it entered Sacramento County.

A California Highway Patrol officer found Huaracha Rodriguez to be driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and a drug detection dog alerted on the vehicle, indicating the possible presence of narcotics. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 11 pounds of high-grade methamphetamine. Investigators found an additional quantity of methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, and pay/owe sheets with the names of various local drug dealers in his Sacramento apartment.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, and the California Department of Justice (Cal-MMET). Assistant United States Attorney Michael M. Beckwith prosecuted the case.