DELANO, Calif. — A Delano man was indicted by a federal grand jury for reportedly importing 372 pounds of methamphetamine.
According to court documents, on November 15, 21-year-old Pedro Alegra Jr. and 23-year-old Edgardo Rosales-Andrade of Paramount were in Delano waiting for a cargo truck carrying 312 pounds of methamphetamine to. The truck was reportedly being tracked by HSI and Customs and Border Patrol agents who obtained a search warrant for the truck and residence. Officials reportedly found out that the methamphetamine was hidden in furniture in the cargo truck.They also found an additional 60 pounds of methamphetamine in the home.
“The investigation of international drug trafficking operations is a top priority for Homeland Security Investigations,” said Tatum King, special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Francisco. “HSI in the Central Valley employs all of its resources to prevent these dangerous criminal networks from threatening our communities.”
Alegra Jr. and Rosales-Andrade were both charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Rosales-Andrade was also charged with the illegal importation of narcotics, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott said.
If convicted, both Alegra and Rosales-Andrade face a minimum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and up to a lifetime prison term and a fine of up to $10 million.