El Dorado County part of major Drug-Trafficking Bust
An investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has led to a case made public last Thursday that names Kenneth Tam, 53; Gerald Osborne, 56; Sherlynn Charles, 52; Marco Antonio Borja, 38; Adalberto Valenzuela-Ruiz, 30; and Nelson Gutierrez, 26 by federal grand jury that returned a 17-count indictment.
They are charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and possession and distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
According to court documents, a seven-month investigation began in January after law enforcement officials received reports that Tam was trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin throughout Sacramento, Yolo and El Dorado counties. Tam allegedly acquired large amounts of methamphetamine from Borja, Valenzuela-Ruiz and Gutierrez, as well as heroin from other sources, and used sub-dealers, including Osborne and Charles, to distribute the drugs.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Michael D. McCoy is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Tam and Osborne face sentences of 20 years to life in prison and a $20 million fine. The four remaining defendants each face 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.