FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury today returned a three-count indictment against Reymundo Jose Mendez, 40, of Modesto, charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in connection with a felony of drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of firearms, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, officers began investigating Mendez for alleged drug dealing and possession of firearms in December 2021. During a search warrant executed at the Arrow Inn in Modesto on January 25, 2022, officers found two loaded guns in Mendez’s pants pockets, and another loaded shotgun in his motel room. Officers also found methamphetamine, suspected fentanyl and two digital scales in the room.
This case is the product of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office and the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine E. Schuh is prosecuting the case.
If convicted on the methamphetamine distribution charge, Mendez faces a maximum legal sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. If convicted of possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking offence, Mendez faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of up to life in prison and a fine of up to go up to $250,000. If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after considering all applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which consider a number of variables. Accusations are only allegations; the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty and unless proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being prosecuted under the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through the PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, the PSN focuses its law enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and rehabilitation programs for a lasting reduction in crime.