FRESNO — A Lemoore woman was indicted on drug and firearm charges on suspicion of delivering methamphetamine and firearms in undercover transactions, said a press release from the Department of Justice.
A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment Thursday against Nancy Lopez Perez, 42, of Lemoore, charging her with two counts of distributing methamphetamine and three counts of being a felon in possession of firearms, U. S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, Perez allegedly obtained and delivered multiple pounds of methamphetamine and five firearms, including an assault rifle, during three separate undercover transactions. Officials said Perez is prohibited by law from possessing firearms.
If convicted of the drug offenses, authorities said Perez faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. If convicted of the firearms offenses, officials said Perez faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen A. Escobar is prosecuting the case.
Authorities said any sentence would be determined at the discretion of the court.
Authorities said the case was the product of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Kings County Narcotic Task Force.
The mission of the task force is to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in the U.S. and diminish the violence and other criminal activity associated with the drug trade, officials said. To accomplish this mission, the task force combines the resources and expertise of its federal law enforcement agency members, including the FBI and ATF.