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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of California

For Immediate Release

Thursday, March 29, 2018
McGregor W. Scott
, United States Attorney
Contact: Lauren Horwood

Sacramento Men Indicted for Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine and Methamphetamine in Sacramento County

39 pounds of methamphetamine, 6 pounds of cocaine, and 4 firearms seized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a 10-count indictment today against Andre Ramon Washington, 45; Roland Adrian Jufiar, 42; and David Garcia Romero, 42, all of Sacramento, charging them with conspiracy to distribute and possessing cocaine and methamphetamine for distribution, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. The indictment also charges Romero with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and Washington with unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon.

According to court records, between November 15, 2017, to March 15, 2018, the defendants worked together to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, and other controlled substances from Washington’s home in Sacramento. During the investigation, agents observed Jufiar and Romero stop by Washington’s home frequently, which, according to court documents, was for the purpose of delivering narcotics or picking up drug proceeds. When agents searched Washington’s home on March 15, 2018, they found a cocaine-to-crack cocaine conversion operation in Washington’s garage. Agents found cocaine, crack cocaine, two pounds of methamphetamine, and a 9 mm handgun elsewhere in the home. Washington is prohibited from possessing firearms based on a prior felony conviction.

When agents searched Romero’s vehicle several hours later, they found over 37 pounds of methamphetamine, six pounds of cocaine, a pound of crack cocaine, and three firearms.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy H. Delgado is prosecuting the case.

If convicted of the conspiracy charge, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. The remaining drug charges carry penalties up to 40 years in prison, with fines authorized up to $10 million. If convicted of the firearm charge, Romero faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, which would run consecutive to any other sentence imposed in this case, and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of possessing a firearm as a felon, Washington faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence 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 several variables. These charges are only allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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