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Five Indicted in Drug Conspiracy Case Arrests Made, Search Warrants Executed in Oakland

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 06, 2009
  • Northern District of California (415) 436-7200

SAN FRANCISCO—A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Jorge Eduardo Rodriguez, Mauricio Aguilera, Leonardo Oregon Rico, Jose Carlos Cisneros, and Jorge Sanchez, all of Oakland, Calif., charging them with narcotics violations, including conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine, United States Attorney Joseph P. Russoniello announced. The indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury on Oct. 13, 2009, was unsealed yesterday.

Aguilera, Rico and Cisneros were arrested Wednesday and made their initial appearances in federal court in San Francisco yesterday. Rodriguez and Sanchez are fugitives.

According to the indictment, from at least Oct 10, 2007, through March 31, 2009, all of the defendants participated in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine. Rodriguez is also charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine from at least March 7, 2008, to July 10, 2008. Rodriguez is also charged with possessing at least 500 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute it on Dec. 7, 2007, and possessing at least 50 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it on March 7, 2008. Aguilera is also charged with possessing at least 500 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute it on March 15, 2009.

Sanchez was also charged in a separate indictment with several counts concerning trafficking in false identification documents. That indictment, which was also unsealed yesterday, alleges that in late March and early April 2009, Sanchez spoke by telephone to several prospective customers for false identification documents and quoted prices for the documents to two prospective customers. Sanchez gave one prospective customer instructions on the identifying information the purchaser needed to supply for the creation of the document. The indictment also alleges that on or about May 14, 2009, Sanchez sold a false Immigration and Naturalization Service Permanent Resident Card and a false Social Security Card.

An operation to execute the arrest warrants issued pursuant to these indictments and to execute search warrants at seven residences in Oakland was conducted Wednesday by federal agents and police officers from the Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro Police Departments.

The maximum statutory penalties for the counts in the indictments are as follows:

Indictment of Jorge Eduardo Rodriguez, Mauricio Aguilera, Leonardo Oregon Rico, Jose Carlos Cisneros, and Jorge Sanchez in Case No. 09-988-MMC :

Count 1 (against all defendants): Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine (21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846)

a. Maximum prison sentence life
b. Mandatory minimum prison sentence 10 years
c. Maximum fine $4 million
d. Minimum supervised release term five years
e. Mandatory special assessment $100

Count 2 (Against Jorge Eduardo Rodriguez): Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine (21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 846)

a. Maximum prison sentence life
b. Mandatory minimum prison sentence 10 years
c. Maximum fine $4 million
d. Minimum supervised release term five years
e. Mandatory special assessment $100

Count 3 (Against Jorge Eduardo Rodriguez): Possession with intent to distribute cocaine (21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1))

a. Maximum prison sentence 40 years
b. Mandatory minimum prison sentence 5 years
c. Maximum fine $2 million
d. Minimum supervised release term three years
e. Mandatory special assessment $100

Count 4 (against Jorge Eduardo Rodriguez): Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1))

a. Maximum prison sentence life
b. Mandatory minimum prison sentence 10 years
c. Maximum fine $4 million
d. Minimum supervised release term five years
e. Mandatory special assessment $100

Count 5 (against Mauricio Aguilera):Possession with intent to distribute cocaine (21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1))

a. Maximum prison sentence 40 years
b. Mandatory minimum prison sentence 5 years
c. Maximum fine $2 million
d. Minimum supervised release term three years
e. Mandatory special assessment $100

Indictment of Jorge Sanchez in Case No. 09-993-PJH: Count 1:Conspiracy to violate 18 U.S.C. § 1028(a)(2), 18 U.S.C. § 1546(a) and 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(7)(C) (18 U.S.C. § 371)

a. Maximum prison sentence 5 years
b. Maximum fine $250,000
c. Minimum supervised release term three years
d. Mandatory special assessment $100

Count 2:Transferring an identification document produced without lawful authority (18 U.S.C. § 1028(a)(2))

a. Maximum prison sentence 15 years
b. Maximum fine $250,000
c. Minimum supervised release term three years
d. Mandatory special assessment $100

Count 3: Possessing a counterfeit immigration document knowing it to be forged, counterfeited, altered, and falsely made (18 U.S.C. § 1546(a))

a. Maximum prison sentence 10 years
b. Maximum fine $250,000
c. Minimum supervised release term three years
d. Mandatory special assessment $100

Count 4:Selling counterfeit social security cards (42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(7)(C))

a. Maximum prison sentence 5 years
b. Maximum fine $250,000
c. Minimum supervised release term three years
d. Mandatory special assessment $100

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

Tom Colthurst is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Tracey Andersen, Jacquelyn Lovrin and Louis Statti. The prosecution is the result of a three-year investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Oakland Police Department,Alameda Police Department, Alameda County Narcotics Task Force, South Alameda County Narcotics Task Force, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, San Pablo Police Department, Alameda County Sheriff's Office, San Leandro Police Department, the San Francisco Police Department, and the California Department of Justice/Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement. The investigation is part of this district’s Organized Drug Enforcement Task Force program. Please note, an indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, the defendants in this case must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Further Information:

Case #: 09-988-MMC
Case #: 09-993-PJH

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