Mexican national pleads guilty to drug conspiracy and gun offenses
FRESNO, Calif. — Javier Ochoa-Anaya, 49, residing in Denair, California pled guilty today to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking offenses, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux announced.
According to the plea agreement, Ochoa received a shipment of 54 kilograms of methamphetamine on September 3, 2019. Ochoa enlisted the aid of co-defendant Victoria Rodriguez, to assist him in weighing and packaging the methamphetamine. On September 5, 2019, agents seized the methamphetamine during a search of Ochoa’s vehicle. In addition, agents seized a cooler stored with the methamphetamine that contained one kilogram of cocaine, five loaded firearms, a bullet proof vest, several high capacity magazines, a substance used to dilute the drugs, and a digital scale.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit, composed of agents from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office, Stanislaus County Probation, and Ceres Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen A. Servatius is prosecuting the case.
Ochoa is scheduled to be sentenced on September 4. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine for the drug offense and a mandatory five-year consecutive term on the firearms charge. 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.
Victoria Rodriguez pled guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and is scheduled for sentencing on June 19, 2020.