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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Lauren Horwood, Director of Community Relations
(916) 554-2706

Indictment Unsealed after Arrest of Fresno Trio for Meth Trafficking

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Stephen C. Herkins, and Clovis Police Chief Janet E. Davis announced that an indictment was unsealed today charging Robert Cervantes, 43; Cheryl Stroud, 31; and Jennifer Stroud, 32; all of Clovis, in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. The three defendants were arrested on May 27, 2011.

The indictment alleges that during a three–month undercover investigation, the defendants distributed multiple ounces of methamphetamine to law enforcement officers posing as buyers. An additional ounce of suspected methamphetamine and a firearm were seized when officers arrested Cervantes.

This case is the product of an investigation by ATF and the Clovis Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly A. Sanchez is prosecuting the case.

ATF Special Agent in Charge Herkins stated, The great relationship between Clovis Police Department and ATF is a significant contributing factor in today’s successful arrests. By working together, we can prevent these drug traffickers from committing violent crimes in our communities.

Clovis Police Chief Davis said, This cooperative effort with other agencies shows that the top priority of the Clovis Police Department is to ensure the safety of our community.

If convicted, the defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, a life term of supervised release, and a $4 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will 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 and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.