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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

www.justice.gov/usao/cae

For Immediate Release

April 4, 2013

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Lauren Horwood
(916) 554-2706
usacae.edcapress@usdoj.gov

Ripon Men Charged with Methamphetamine Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a five–count indictment today charging Ripon residents, Daniel Covarrubias, 21, and Jaime Rangel, 25, with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, during the course of a month–long investigation, Covarrubias and Rangel sold more than three pounds of methamphetamine to undercover officers in Stockton, Modesto, and Ripon.

Covarrubias and Rangel were arrested on March 22, 2013. They remain in custody and are scheduled to be arraigned on April 5, 2013, before United States Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Stockton Police Department, and the Ripon Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Olusere Olowoyeye is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, the defendants face a statutory penalty of 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million 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, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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