Drug Enforcement Administration

San Francisco

Christopher Nielsen, Special Agent in Charge

April 26, 2013

Contact: Casey Rettig

Phone Number: (415) 436-7900

Mother And Son Arrested In Fresno For Conspiring To Sell 50 Pounds Of Crystal Methamphetamine

FRESNO, Calif. - Patricia Gonzales Renteria, 39, and her son Steven Robert Renteria, 19, both of Cathedral City in Riverside County, were arrested Wednesday in Fresno for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Special Agent in Charge Bruce C. Balzano and United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, during April 2013, Steven Renteria negotiated to sell 50 pounds of methamphetamine to a source in Fresno. Patricia and Steven came to Fresno on April 24, 2013 to meet with the source and deliver the methamphetamine. After meeting with the source, Patricia and Steven were taken into custody and approximately 49 pounds of crystal methamphetamine was seized from the interior and the trunk of the Renterias’ vehicle.

The charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Fresno Methamphetamine Task Force which is made up of agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’(ICE) Homeland Security (HSI), California Highway Patrol, California Department of Justice, Fresno Police Department, and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Laurel J. Montoya is prosecuting the case.

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