Rafael Guzman, who is facing federal drug charges along with former Fresno police Deputy Chief Keith Foster and five others, was allowed Monday to go free from jail while the case makes it way through the courts.
U.S. District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii made a long list of conditions for Guzman’s release, including a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, in which he must be inside his house. Guzman will also wear a monitor and submit to drug and alcohol testing.
Foster is also free as the case proceeds.
Guzman, 41, was initially ruled a danger to the community who also may flee prosecution and was ordered to remain in the Fresno County Jail as the case progresses. He has been there since late March.
He has Bulldog gang ties and tattoos on his face.
Keith Foster and Guzman are charged with conspiring to distribute heroin and Guzman and Iran Dennis “Denny” Foster, another defendant, are charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. All seven defendants are also charged in at least one count with using a cellphone in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.
Guzman’s next hearing is May 20 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara McAuliffe.