A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment Thursday, July 14 against Hugo Vigil Villagomez, 42, of Oakdale, and Serafin Villagomez Vigil, 27, of Riverbank, charging them with possessing and conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, on June 30, 2022, Villagomez and his nephew Vigil attempted to sell 440 pounds of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement officer. On the day of the deal, Villagomez and Vigil arrived at a parking lot in Salida, where they met with the undercover officer. They had brought with them several suitcases stuffed full of hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine. When the pair unzipped the suitcases, law enforcement personnel moved in and arrested them.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin J. Gilio is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, the defendants each face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This effort is 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.