Drug Enforcement Administration

San Francisco

Christopher Nielsen, Special Agent in Charge

September 24, 2015

Contact: Casey Rettig

Phone Number: (415) 436-7900

Bakersfield Methamphetamine Trafficking Defendant Sentenced To Over 10 Years In Prison

FRESNO, Calif. - Manuel Riviera-Felix, aka Felipe Garcia, 27, of Mexico, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill to 10 years and 11 months in prison for distribution of methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Rivera-Felix was a leader of a large scale drug organization in Bakersfield responsible for the importation and sale of large quantities of methamphetamine. Between March 1, 2014, and July 10, 2014, Rivera-Felix conspired with Juan Angel Lopez, 33, of Bakersfield, Edi Vega Bustamante 22, of Mexico, and others to distribute up to 45 kilograms of methamphetamine. Lopez pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison. Bustamante pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to five years in prison.

This case was the product of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task (OCDETF) investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the Bakersfield Police Department, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’(ICE) Homeland Security (HSI) and the Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney prosecuted the case.

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