FRESNO - A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today charging Victor Torres-Romero, 24, of Ceres, and Luis Bartolo Madriz-Sandoval, 32, of Everett, Wash., with conspiring to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
This arrests came after an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency, California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (CAL-MMET), and Modesto Narcotics Enforcement Team (MNET). Assistant United States Attorney Kathleen A. Servatius is prosecuting the case.
According to court records, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Torres-Romero's Ceres residence on May 7 after Madriz-Sandoval delivered a shipment of methamphetamine there. During the execution of the search warrant, agents found and seized approximately 290 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, $66,291 cash, and a dismantled methamphetamine conversion laboratory.
If convicted, Torres-Romero and Madriz-Sandoval each face a statutory penalty of 10 years up to life in prison, a mandatory five-year and up to life term of supervised release, and a $10 million fine.