Crime

Suspect in Keith Foster drug case ordered to stay in jail while case proceeds

A day after two alleged co-conspirators in a federal drug case involving Fresno police Deputy Chief Keith Foster were ordered to stay in jail while the case makes it way through the courts, a similar ruling was handed down for a third suspect.

Randy Flowers, 48, will remain in the Fresno County Jail, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. He is charged with conspiring to distribute and/or possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $1 million fine.

Federal judges make their rulings based on whether someone is a danger to the community, or may flee prosecution, or both. Sometimes, a person who puts up enough property or cash is freed from jail, but in Flowers’ case, no such offer was made by federal officials.

Keith Foster, 51, has been allowed to remain free while the case is makes its way through the court. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute and/or possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone, heroin and marijuana.

On Tuesday, Iran Dennis “Denny” Foster, 44, and Rafael Guzman, 41, were ordered to stay in jail. Dennis Foster, who is related to Keith Foster, is charged with conspiring to distribute and/or possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, as well as shipping a package of marijuana to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Guzman is charged with conspiring with Keith Foster to distribute and/or possess with the intent to distribute heroin. The heroin charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $1 million fine, and the marijuana charge carries a five-year maximum and $250,000 fine.

A similar hearing is scheduled Thursday for Sarah Ybarra, 37. She is charged with conspiring to distribute and/or possess with the intent to distribute marijuana and shipping a package of marijuana to Albuquerque.

A sixth alleged co-conspirator, Jennifer Donabedian, 35, is charged with conspiring to distribute and/or possess with the intent to distribute marijuana. Like Keith Foster, she is free from jail while the case works its way through the courts.

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