District attorney reaches plea agreements in several cases of those arrested in drug raid in April


Three Craig men charged in connection with drug raids in April pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony drug charges after their attorneys secured agreements with the District Attorney's office.

Benito Gomez-Medrano, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of possession and one count of distribution of a schedule II controlled substance, methamphetamine.

In exchange for Gomez-Medrano's guilty plea, the prosecutor dropped three charges of possession and three charges of distribution of methamphetamine and Gomez-Medrano was assured not to receive a state prison sentence longer than eight years.

Gomez-Medrano was the alleged leader of an area drug "organization" targeted by a six-month multi-agency investigation. The investigation resulted in a raid in April during which law enforcement officers arrested nine suspects. Gomez-Medrano is held on $250,000 bond, the amount requested in court documents, which note his extensive criminal history, numerous aliases, propensity to become involved in criminal activity with juveniles, and his status as a previously deported felon.

Roberto Loya, 26, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, one of two felony charges he faced. The charge of distribution of cocaine was dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.

Loya faces up to 12 years in state prison, possible fines up to $500,000, and three years of mandatory probation.

Luis Alcantar-Burciaga, 26, pleaded guilty to attempted possession of cocaine. In exchange for his guilty plea, the District Attorney's office dismissed the charges of possession and distribution of cocaine.

District Judge Michael O'Hara conditionally accepted the guilty pleas and ordered pre-sentence investigations for all three defendants. O'Hara scheduled the three to be sentenced Aug. 25.

Others charged in the April raids include Anthony Rossi, 22, who was sentenced July 1 to 90 days in jail and 4 years probation for distribution of a schedule II narcotic, and Ignacio Rodriguez, 57.

Rodriguez awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 22.

Assistant District Attorney David Waite said he is working on a plea agreement with Rodriguez.

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