Seventeen Fresno residents were charged Thursday with firearms and drug trafficking offenses in three related indictments following a multiagency sweep in Fresno, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The indictments were a culmination of a yearlong investigation that involved law enforcement agents serving over 20 search warrants in the Fresno area, the arrests of the defendants and the seizure of approximately $42,500 in cash.
The first indictment states that between Feb. 1 and July 21, Christopher Martinez Sr., 45; Randy Seja, 24; Felix Gago, 40; and Christopher Martinez Jr., 23, conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
In the second indictment, Gilberto Zarate, 34; Jorge Calestino Alvarez-Arias, 27; Marco Mosqueda, 27; Frances Reyna, 55; Gabriel Galvan, 27; Rafael Delatorre, 32; Jose Delatorre, 22; Alfonso Esparza, 38; and Gabriel Esparza, 37, are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute meth and distribution of meth, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Zarate, Alfonso and Gabriel Esparza are additionally charged with being felons in possession of firearms. The conspiracy ran between April 1, 2015, and July 22, 2016, the indictment says.
The third indictment adds Cecilio Alaniz, 26, and Christopher Valdez, 35, to an indictment that originally charged Jesse Mendoza and Roxana Dodier, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Thursday’s second superseding indictment charges the four defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute meth. Mendoza is additionally charged with dealing firearms without a license, possessing and selling stolen firearms, and distribution and possession with the intent to distribute hydrocodone and heroin.
If convicted, the defendants face sentences ranging from four years to life in prison and fines of up to $10 million.