SAN JOSE — A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Morgan Hill man to 196 months in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte gave Fredi Becerril, 30, his sentence in addition to a five-year period of supervised release, prosecutors said.
Becerril has been in federal custody since Dec. 2, 2013. He was apprehended after law enforcement officers intercepted telephone conversations between Becerril and co-conspirators Arturo Cuevas-Quezadaz and Francisco Ortiz, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
According to his plea agreement, Becerril admitted that on Dec. 1, 2013, he met with Ortiz, Cuevas-Quezadaz and other co-defendants, at 13805 Center Ave. in San Martin. These men worked for Becerril and delivered methamphetamine to Becerril’s customers, prosecutors said.
At the house, Becerril gave his co-conspirators handwritten lists of the customers who were to receive the drugs and the amount of methamphetamine each customer was to receive, according to the U.S.
After Cuevas-Quezadaz and Ortiz left to make their deliveries, Becerril received a warning that Cuevas-Quezadaz and another man had been arrested. Becerril warned Ortiz about the arrests, but advised him to complete certain additional deliveries, prosecutors said.
When Cuevas-Quezadaz was arrested, the arresting officers found methamphetamine in his car.
A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration laboratory analyzed the seized drugs and determined that the amount of actual methamphetamine in the seized drugs was 7,949 grams. The DEA laboratory also discovered Becerril’s fingerprints on three of the packages of methamphetamine, prosecutors said.
Officers arrested Becerril the next day, Dec. 2, 2013.
At the time of his arrest, agents seized duplicates of the lists he had given to Cuevas-Quezadaz and Ortiz, as well as additional evidence, including $26,960 in cash that Ortiz had just delivered to Becerril,
according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Also, on Dec. 2, 2013, investigators conducted a search at Becerril’s Morgan Hill home, where agents discovered a pistol, ammunition, a gold coin and an additional $96,605 in cash, prosecutors said.