FRESNO, Calif. – United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Cheryl Stroud, 31, of Clovis, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to 3 years, 6 months in prison for a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.
According to court documents, during the three-month investigation, Stroud and co-defendants Robert Cervantes, 43, and Jennifer Stroud, 32, both of Clovis, distributed multiple ounces of methamphetamine during controlled buys. An additional ounce of suspected methamphetamine and a firearm were seized when officers arrested Cervantes. On April 9, 2012, Stroud pleaded guilty and admitted that on three separate occasions in March 2011, she delivered from 11.2 grams to 18.1 grams of 100 percent pure methamphetamine to a confidential informant.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Clovis Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly A. Sanchez is prosecuting the case.
Cervantes has a trial set for August 7, 2012, and Jennifer Stroud has pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 30, 2012.
Jennifer Stroud and Cervantes (if convicted) face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, a life term of supervised release, and a $10 million fine. The actual sentences, however, will 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 against Cervantes are only allegations, and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.