Sentencing day for 5 Kern County drug cases

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Monday was sentencing day in federal court for five unrelated drug cases with connections to Kern County.

Sergio Hector Aguilar, aka Sergio Perez, 46, of Bakersfield, was sentenced to seven years and 10 months in federal prison for dealing methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty in April specifically to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and committing this crime while under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office. Aguilar was on probation for a meth conviction from 1997.

In the most recent case against Aguilar, he and co-conspirator Oscar Arellano Iniego sold meth to undercover agents at a Wal-Mart parking lot and a banquet hall in Bakersfield, according to the federal prosecutor's office in Fresno. Iniego was sentenced in October to eight years in prison.

The other cases reaching resolution Monday involved marijuana:

- David Chavez Sr., 53, of Bakersfield, was sentenced to 87 months in custody for conspiring to distribute marijuana. Chavez, who had two prior state drug convictions, was treasurer of pot shop Nature's Medicinal and was also the owner of the property upon which the business operated. The shop was owned by David Chavez Jr., who was previously sentenced in federal court to four years in prison for using a telephone in connection with drug trafficking.

- Victor Alfonso Madrigal Cardenas, 26, of Delano, was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison for one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and one count of cultivating 16,205 marijuana plants and 1,100 pounds of processed marijuana in the Sentinel Peak area of the Sequoia National Forest in Tulare County.

- Alfonso Cornejo, aka Jose Alfonso Cornejo Carranza, aka Pedro Mendez Placensia, 30, of Michoacn, Mexico, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison following his guilty plea earlier this year to conspiring to cultivate 8,876 marijuana plants near the Greenhorn Creek Trail in the Sequoia National Forest in Kern County.

- Christopher Norberto Gallegos, 20, of Temecula, was sentenced to one year and six months in prison following his guilty plea earlier this year to conspiring to cultivate 920 marijuana plants on private ranch land in Kern County.