Fresno, California - A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment today against Nancy Lopez Perez, 42, of Lemoore, California, charging her with two counts of distributing methamphetamine and three counts of being a felon in possession of firearms, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, Perez obtained and delivered multiple pounds of methamphetamine and five firearms, including an assault rifle, during three separate undercover transactions. Perez is prohibited by law from possessing firearms.
This case was the product of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the Kings County Narcotic Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Karen A. Escobar is prosecuting the case. The mission of the OCDETF Program is to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in the United States and diminish the violence and other criminal activity associated with the drug trade. To accomplish this mission, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its federal law enforcement agency members, including the FBI and ATF.
If convicted of the drug offenses, Perez faces a mandatory minimum statutory penalty of ten years in prison, a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. If convicted of the firearms offenses, Perez faces a maximum statutory penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000 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 defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.