(Press Release) U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that 32-year-old Cheryl Stroud of Clovis, has been sentenced to 3 years, 6 months in prison for her participation in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.
According to court documents, during the three-month investigation, Stroud and co-defendants 43-year-old Robert Cervantes and 32-year-old Jennifer Stroud, 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 9th, Stroud plead guilty and admitted that on three separate occasions in March 2011, she delivered from 11.2 grams to 18.1 grams of 100% 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.