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Convicted Porterville Drug Dealer Faces Federal Prison Time



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Renato Aguilera, 30, of Porterville is scheduled for sentencing on April 29 in federal court. (Shutterstock)
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Thanks to a team effort by national and local law enforcement agencies, Porterville drug dealer Renato Aguilera, faces at least 10 years in federal prison.

Aguilera, 30, pleaded guilty in federal court in Fresno on Friday to charges of conspiring to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced in a news release.

According to court documents, between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 3, 2020, Aguilera conspired with Pedro Delgado-Montenegro, 42, a native and citizen of Mexico, and James Cox, 58, of Porterville, in a drug trafficking ring.

Aguilera, acting upon Delgado-Montenegro’s orders, delivered 800 counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl during two separate undercover transactions. Aguilera also delivered about 1 pound of meth to Cox, following negotiations between Delgado-Montenegro and Cox, prosecutors said.

Charges Pending Against Alleged Co-Conspirators

Charges are pending against Cox and Delgado-Montenegro, the Department of Justice said.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI teamed with police officers in Porterville, Coalinga, and Fresno to break up the ring.

Aguilera is scheduled for sentencing by U.S. District Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on April 29.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Escobar is prosecuting the case.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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