A Chowchilla man’s guilty plea in a federal drug trafficking case will send him to prison for at least 10 years.
Oscar Rene Marrot-Garcia, 27, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to make and distribute bute methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott said.
Meth Lab Set up in Rural Madera County
According to his plea agreement, in December 2018, Marrot-Garcia rented a residence in rural Madera County, where he set up a meth lab and stored large quantities of other drugs.
In January 2019, investigators executed a search warrant at the residence. They found Marrot-Garcia there, along with two other men, Francisco Alcantar-Miranda, 31, and Jose Monge-Ponce, 31, both of Mexico.
Detectives Find Meth, Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana
Detectives seized more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine, 4 pounds of heroin, 1 pound of cocaine, and 25 pounds of marijuana. Marrot-Garcia agreed to surrender a handgun and about $18,000, which were at the residence
Marrot-Garcia is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 4. He faces a mandatory minimum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison, along with a $10 million fine.
Status of the Co-Defendants
Co-defendant Alcantar-Miranda has pleaded guilty and is scheduled for sentencing on June 26.
Monge-Ponce’s trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 26.
The Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Team, which consists of agents from Homeland Security Investigations, the state Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol-Fresno, the sheriffs’ offices of Tulare and King counties, and the Fresno Police Department investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen A. Escobar is prosecuting the case.