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Madera Meth Lab Figure Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges



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A Mexican national involved in a Madera meth lab and drug trafficking ring pleaded guilty in Fresno federal court on Monday.

Jose Monge-Ponce 33, admitted to conspiring to manufacture, to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert said in a news release.

Two other ring members, Oscar Rene Marrot-Garcia, 30, of Chowchilla, and Francisco Alcantar-Miranda, 34, of Mexico, previously entered guilty pleas. Alcantar received a sentence of 10 years and Marrot was given 6.5 years in prison.

25 Pounds of Meth, 4 Pounds of Heroin

According to court documents, in January 2019, officers executed a search warrant at an unoccupied residence in Madera and found a methamphetamine lab. They also found 10 pounds of finished methamphetamine, 4 pounds of heroin, 1 pound of cocaine, and 25 pounds of marijuana. In addition, Ponce had an unregistered firearm, three cellphones, and pay-owe sheets.

Ponce is scheduled for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on May 22. He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison, along with a $10 million fine.

A multi-agency team led by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit snared Ponce and his associates.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen A. 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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