By FRED SHUSTER
LOS ANGELES — A member of a downtown Los Angeles travel squad held with thousands of dollars value of methamphetamine finished to resemble 14 foil-wrapped burritos was condemned Monday to 15 years behind bars for sovereign drug and gun crimes.
Ricardo “Flaco” Renteria, 48, of Colton, was also systematic to offer 5 years of supervised recover following jail and compensate a imperative special comment of $300.
“He has a really prolonged rapist history,” Chief U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips pronounced from a bench. “This was a vast volume of methamphetamine — and a approach it was packaged, it was clearly for sale.”
According to justification presented during trial, Los Angeles military officers pulled Renteria over on Feb. 3, 2018, in a Angelino Heights area of Los Angeles after they witnessed him erratically and evasively pushing a white Chevrolet Tahoe.
Renteria consented to a hunt of a SUV and law coercion found a black rubbish bag on a building behind a driver’s seat. Inside a bag were 14 foil-wrapped, burrito-shaped packages containing 13.7 pounds of methamphetamine with a travel value trimming from $27,000 to $40,000.
A successive hunt suggested a entirely installed Smith Wesson .38 Special handgun and some-more than $800 in cash, justification showed. Renteria was arrested during a stage and indicted by a sovereign grand jury in Mar 2018.
After a one-day dais conference in March, Phillips found him guilty of 3 felonies: possession with vigilant to discharge methamphetamine, being a law-breaker in possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm in avail of a drug trafficking crime.
At his sentencing hearing, Renteria asked a decider to “take into care (that) we have a family watchful for me — and we apologize for a conditions we find myself in.”
But Phillips pronounced that a poignant jail judgment was required “to strengthen a open from serve crimes of a defendant.” She also endorsed that Renteria bear a mental and earthy health hearing while behind bars.