FRESNO, Calif. — Oscar Rene Marrot-Garcia, 27, of Los Banos, was sentenced today to 6.5 years in prison for conspiring to manufacture, to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
His sentence follows his guilty plea earlier this year. In pleading guilty, Marrot-Garcia acknowledged that he rented a residence in a rural location in Madera for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine and storing large quantities of other drugs at an unoccupied residence in Madera. He also acknowledged that he assisted in packaging the drugs for distribution. According to his plea agreement, at the end of January 2019, detectives of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET) executed a search warrant at the residence and found Marrot-Garcia along with Francisco Alcantar-Miranda, 31, and Jose Monge-Ponce, 31, both of Mexico. The detectives found over 10 pounds of methamphetamine in crystallized form and in liquid, 4 pounds of heroin, 1 pound of cocaine, and 25 pounds of marijuana. U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd also ordered Marrot-Garcia to forfeit a handgun and approximately $18,000 in cash, which officers located at the residence.
Alcantar-Miranda previously entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Monge-Ponce is scheduled for a Status Conference on Nov. 30. The charges against Monge-Ponce are only allegations; he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is the product of an investigation by MADNET and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) team, which consists of agents from Homeland Security Investigations, California Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol-Fresno, the Sheriffs’ Offices of Tulare and King Counties, and the Fresno Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen A. Escobar is prosecuting the case.