United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California

05/15/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/15/2019 18:29

Indictments Returned Targeting East Bay Drug Trafficking Rings

SAN FRANCISCO - Thirteen defendants were indicted on narcotics trafficking charges, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Chris D. Nielsen. The indictment follows the arrest of five of the defendants on April 30, 2019, and the execution of search warrants at thirteen locations, including nine residences in Contra Costa County, Humboldt County, Fairfield, Suisun City and Modesto.

All thirteen defendants were charged in a single indictment which charges controlled substance offenses involving methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and cocaine base. The defendants and the charges pending against them are as follows:

Defendant

Age

Residence

Charges

Maximum Statutory Penalty

LORENZO LEE, a/k/a 'O.G.'

66

Antioch, California

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (Count 1)

21 U.S.C. § 846

Not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to life

Not less than 5 years supervised release and up to life

$10 million fine

Distribution of and Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances, Including Cocaine, Cocaine Base, Methamphetamine, and Heroin (Counts 4, 7, and 13-15)

21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)

Not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to life

Not less than 5 years supervised release and up to life

$10 million fine

JEFFREY MCCOY

46

Pittsburg, California

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (Count 1)

21 U.S.C. § 846

Not less than 5 years imprisonment and up to 40 years imprisonment

Not less than 4 years supervised release and up to life

$5 million fine

Distribution of Controlled Substances, Including Cocaine Base, Cocaine, and Heroin (Counts 2-7 and 9)

21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)

Not less than 5 years imprisonment and up to 40 years imprisonment

Not less than 4 years supervised release and up to life

$5 million fine

ANTHONY BROWN, a/k/a 'Ant Man'

57

Bay Point, California

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (Count 1)

21 U.S.C. § 846

Not less than 5 years imprisonment and up to 40 years imprisonment

Not less than 4 years supervised release and up to life

$5 million fine

Distribution of Cocaine Base

21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) (Count 7)

Not less than 5 years imprisonment and up to 40 years imprisonment

Not less than 4 years supervised release and up to life

$5 million fine

DESHAWNTE GAMBOA

38

Pittsburg, California

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (Count 1)

21 U.S.C. § 846

Not less than 5 years imprisonment and up to 40 years imprisonment

Not less than 4 years supervised release and up to life

$5 million fine

Distribution of Heroin (Count 9)

21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)

Not less than 5 years imprisonment and up to 40 years imprisonment

Not less than 4 years supervised release and up to life

$5 million fine

DEBORAH POLK

63

Antioch, California

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (Count 1)

21 U.S.C. § 846

Not less than 5 years imprisonment and up to 40 years imprisonment

Not less than 4 years supervised release and up to life

$5 million fine

Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin (Count 15)

21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)

Not less than 5 years imprisonment and up to 40 years imprisonment

Not less than 4 years supervised release and up to life

$5 million fine

Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises (Count 16)

21 U.S.C. § 856(a)(2)

20 years imprisonment

3 years supervised release

$500,000 fine

EVAN MARTINEZ-DIAZ

26

Bay Point, California

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (Count 1)

21 U.S.C. § 846

Not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to life

Not less than 5 years supervised release and up to life

$10 million fine

Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Cocaine (Counts 13 and 14)

21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)

Not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to life

Not less than 5 years supervised release and up to life

$10 million fine

MAGO AGUILAR-PACHECO

38

West Covina, California

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (Count 1)

21 U.S.C. § 846

Not less than 5 years imprisonment and up to 40 years imprisonment

Not less than 4 years supervised release and up to life

$5 million fine

CESAR ALVARADO

38

Desert Springs, California

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (Count 1)

21 U.S.C. § 846

Not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to life

Not less than 5 years supervised release and up to life

$10 million fine

Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Heroin, and Methamphetamine (Counts 11-14)

21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)

Not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to life

Not less than 5 years supervised release and up to life

$10 million fine

JESSE LOPEZ, III

30

Fowler, California

Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl (Count 8)

21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)

Not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to life

Not less than 5 years supervised release and up to life

$10 million fine

JOSE DELGADILLO, a/k/a 'Tepa'

41

Fairfield, California

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (Counts 1 and 10)

21 U.S.C. § 846

Not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to life

Not less than 5 years supervised release and up to life

$10 million fine

MARCO DELGADILLO, a/k/a 'Tonio'

39

Fairfield, California

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (Count 10)

21 U.S.C. § 846

Not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to life

Not less than 5 years supervised release and up to life

$10 million fine

LUIS TORRES-GARCIA, a/k/a 'Guero'

33

Rio Dell, California

Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances (Count 10)

21 U.S.C. § 846

Not less than 10 years imprisonment and up to life

Not less than 5 years supervised release and up to life

$10 million fine

TIMOTHY PEOPLES, a/k/a 'Tee'

40

Antioch, California

Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Cocaine Base (Counts 17 and 18)

21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)

Not less than 5 years imprisonment and up to 40 years imprisonment

Not less than 4 years supervised release and up to life

$5 million fine

The defendants arrested on April 30, 2019, were originally charged by complaint. The complaints have been unsealed. Eight defendants were charged in complaints that were supported by an affidavit describing the underlying investigation (the Affidavit). In addition, a separate complaint was filed against defendant Timothy Peoples, and that complaint has been unsealed as well.

According to the Affidavit, this investigation started in 2017 and involved the DEA, the United States Internal Revenue Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Antioch Police Department, Oakley Police Department, and Concord Police Department. In 2017 and 2018, the investigators used informants to conduct a series of purchases of cocaine, cocaine base and heroin from JEFFREY MCCOY. In furtherance of their investigation, the agents also obtained federal wiretap orders in 2018 and 2019 to monitor communications over telephones used by the conspirators.

According to the Affidavit, the agents also seized significant quantities of narcotics from various defendants during the investigation. The following chart summarizes the seizures, which are discussed in more detail in the Affidavit:

DATE

SEIZED

CIRCUMSTANCES

5/15/2018

4 kg of heroin mixed with fentanyl and $46,000

Seized from courier after leaving LEE's residence

8/8/2018

18 lbs of methamphetamine

Seized en route to TORRES-GARCIA from Jose DELGADILLO

1/26/2019

2 kg of cocaine

Seized en route to meeting point with LEE

2/9/2019

7 kg of narcotics and $104,505

Seized from courier after leaving LEE's residence

2/9/2019

20 lbs of methamphetamine and 1 kg of cocaine

Discarded from courier's vehicle after leaving LEE's residence

In addition, any sentence following conviction will be imposed by the court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

This case was investigated and prosecuted by member agencies of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, a focused multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force investigating and prosecuting the most significant drug trafficking organizations throughout the United States by leveraging the combined expertise of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.