FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Fresno residents David Garcia, 31; Luis Perez, 34; and Gerardo Perez, 48, charging them with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and methamphetamine, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
Garcia was charged in three additional counts: one count of distributing cocaine and methamphetamine, one count of distributing cocaine, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, between April 2020 and May 2021, the defendants worked together to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, some of which was adulterated with methamphetamine.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Fresno Police Department, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium, and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine E. Schuh is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. 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.