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Man Pleads to Charges of Possessing Methamphetamine for Sale

Santa Rosa, CA  –  June 30, 2017  –  Defendant Artemio Sandoval-Rivera, 27 years old of Santa Rosa, pleaded no contest today in front of the Honorable Dana Simmonds to a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale and a sentencing enhancement alleging that he was in possession of more than 1 kilogram of the drug.

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This defendant was in possession of a significant amount of dangerous narcotics, and all indications point to his involvement in a fairly sophisticated sales operation.  We are pleased to be able to enter into an agreement that holds this defendant accountable for his actions.”

The charges resulted from a long-term investigation conducted by the Santa Rosa Police Department Narcotics Division.  On February 1, 2017, Artemio Sandoval-Rivera, who was on probation at the time for narcotics related offenses, was stopped and searched.  Among items seized from Sandoval-Rivera was a key ring containing 2 house keys.  Detectives then wrote search warrants for residences known to be frequented by Sandoval-Rivera.  At one location on Ironstone Circle detectives discovered cutting agents for narcotics, 5 pounds of marijuana, and approximately $24,000 in currency.  At a second loacation on Burt Street detectives discovered narcotics packaging materials, digital scales, approximately 3 pounds of Methamphetamine, and 3 pounds of Heroin. 

The plea agreement with Sandoval-Rivera requires him to forfeit all of the currency seized in the investigation and stipulates that he will serve a 6 year prison sentece. He is to be sentenced on August 11, 2017. 

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Matt HubleyThe Santa Rosa Police Narcotics Division headed the investigation.


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