FRESNO, Calif. - A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today charging Jose Guadalupe Cisneros, 20, of Pomona, and Carlos Guillermo Barajas, 21, of Los Angeles, with conspiring to possess meth with the intent to distribute and possession of meth.
The indictment alleges that Cisneros and Barajas were stopped as they were traveling northbound on I-5 in the Bakersfield area. After they gave conflicting information concerning the particulars of their trip, a narcotics detection canine alerted to their vehicle. In a space between the engine compartment and the passenger compartment, officers found approximately five pounds of meth where the windshield wiper motor normally would be. Both admitted they knew they were transporting the drugs to Sacramento.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty for both counts of the indictment of up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.