Auckland. The Bay Point resident, who was re-arrested for selling methamphetamine while pending federal drug trafficking charges, was sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison, court records show.
Jose De Jesús García Rodriguez, 42, also known as “Caballo”, was sentenced on December 3 by US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton. Garcia Rodriguez pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine, a federal offense, back in July.
In a sentence memorandum requiring an 87-month sentence, federal prosecutors detailed seven cases in 2018 and 2019 in which Garcia Rodriguez met with an undercover federal agent and sold him between a quarter pound to a pound of methamphetamine each time. Authorities said García Rodriguez was indicted in November 2019 and immediately released from prison, but just seven months later, more drugs were found at his home on Inlet Drive in Bay Point.
“In a secret compartment of the defendant’s car, law enforcement agencies found a package containing about a pound of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine and its packaging together weighed 453.62 grams, with methamphetamine accounting for most of the weight, ”US Assistant Attorney Molly Smolen wrote in the verdict transcript. “During the search, law enforcement agencies also found a pack of methamphetamine, two packs of heroin, a pack of cocaine, 1,173 oxycodone tablets, a digital scale and a 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol hidden in a truck in a nearby house. … “
Garcia Rodriguez’s lawyer, Mark Goldrozen, wrote that although his client “foolishly” resumed drug dealing after his arrest, Garcia Rodriguez’s crimes stem from his own addiction. Goldrozen wrote that Garcia Rodriguez “had been in continuous detention for nearly 18 months, the longest period of sobriety in his adult life,” and volunteered to work at Santa Rita Prison in Dublin.
Goldrozen’s sentencing memorandum describes Garcia Rodriguez as a generous and hardworking family man and contains letters of support from friends and family.
“I understand that he made a mistake, wanting to take the easy path. Now he is paying for the consequences, ”wrote Garcia Rodriguez’s sister in a letter of support. “I’m sure he is sorry and that he will be a new and stronger person.”
Earlier this month, Garcia Rodriguez’s co-defendant, Marc Ibarra Ruano, received a four-year suspended sentence, but without an additional prison sentence, on charges of distributing methamphetamine. His lawyer wrote that he remained sober for the past 21 months, got out of trouble after being released from prison, and was named employee of the month last month at his new job. Despite this, prosecutors tried in vain to force Hamilton to sentence Ibarra Ruano to 41 months in prison.