Former Fresno Police Department Deputy Chief and Six Others Indicted for Drug Trafficking
FRESNO, CA—A federal grand jury indicted former Fresno deputy police chief Keith Foster and six others today, charging them with a variety of drug trafficking offenses, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
In addition to Keith Foster, 51, the indictment includes charges against Randy Flowers, 48; Iran Dennis “Denny” Foster, 44; Rafael Guzman, 41; Jennifer Donabedian, 35; and Sarah Ybarra, 37, all of Fresno; and Ricky Reynolds, 30, of Shasta Lake. All defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015.
The indictment charges Keith Foster with participating in three separate conspiracies to distribute different controlled substances over the course of the past year. Keith Foster is charged with conspiring with Randy Flowers to distribute oxycodone. They are charged individually in four separate counts to distribute, or possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone. Flowers is further charged with being a felon in possession of three firearms.
Keith Foster and Rafael Guzman are charged with conspiring to distribute heroin. Keith Foster is also charged with conspiring with Reynolds, Donabedian, Ybarra and Denny Foster to distribute marijuana. Reynolds is separately charged with manufacturing marijuana, and both Reynolds and Denny Foster are charged individually in various counts alleging distribution of marijuana. Denny Foster is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Each defendant is charged in at least one count with using a cellphone in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Finally, Denny Foster and Guzman are charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. U.S. Attorney Wagner expressed his appreciation for the hard work done by the FBI and ATF investigators in the course of the investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Melanie L. Alsworth and Dawrence W. Rice are prosecuting the case.
If convicted, the defendants face a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for the counts charging controlled substances other than or in addition to marijuana, a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the marijuana-only trafficking offenses, four years in prison and a $250,000 fine for using a cellphone to facilitate the commission of a felony, and a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Any sentence, however, would 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. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.