Citizen of Mexico Residing in Bakersfield Sentenced to over 10 Years in Prison for Distributing Methamphetamine and Fentanyl
FRESNO, Calif. — Wilfredo Medina-Perez, 34, a native and citizen of Sinaloa, Mexico, residing in Bakersfield, was sentenced today to 10 years and five months in prison for distributing methamphetamine and fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Wade R. Shannon announced.
According to court documents, from December 2018 to November 2019, Medina distributed approximately one pound of 100% pure methamphetamine and 8,078 counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl to an undercover agent. Medina was arrested on a federal criminal complaint filed on Nov. 22, 2019, and has remained in custody as a flight risk and danger to the community since that time. Medina pleaded guilty in December 2021.
Last week, one of Medina’s runners, Uriel Ivan Portillo, 35, also a native and citizen of Mexico, was sentenced to three years and four months in prison for distributing fentanyl. One of Medina’s customers, Rojelio Garcia, 49, of Bakersfield, was sentenced to time served for possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute and placed on supervised release for three years.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, and the Bakersfield Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Karen Escobar and Angela Scott prosecuted the case.
This effort was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at www.justice.gov/OCDETF.