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  • Traffic stop near Buttonwillow leads to major drug bust

  • Oregon couple indicted on charges of smuggling more than 40 pounds of meth, cocaine
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  • A traffic stop by a California Highway Patrol officer near Buttonwillow resulted in the arrest of two people allegedly smuggling more than 40 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine.
    The United States attorney's Office announced Thursday that two people wre indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the case.
    Lucio Cruz-Sanchez, 35, resident of Portland, Oregon and his wife Jamie Lyne Sanchez 23, of Gresham, Oregon, were charged today with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine and with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
    The defendants were arrested on August 7 by a CHP officer on northbound I-5 near the Buttonwillow exit.
    They possessed over 40 pounds of methamphetamine and over two pounds of cocaine and $2,233 cash.
    This case is the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the California Highway Patrol. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.
    If convicted, Lucio Cruz-Sanchez faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison, and Jamie Lyne Sanchez faces a sentence of five to 40 years in prison. 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.
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