A Lodi man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday by United States District Judge Garland E. Burrell, Jr. for conspiring to possess pseudoephedrine, a chemical used to make methamphetamine.
In February 2008, Aguilar-Gordinez and others were involved in the purchase of 34 lbs. of pseudoephedrine near Los Angeles. That September, Aguilar-Gordinez was arrested in connection to both the Los Angeles incident and the meth lab in Calaveras County. Aguilar-Gordinez was found by Judge Burrell as the “leader and organizer” of the operation.
Investigators discovered two rifles—one of them an SKS assault rifle—high capacity magazines and a .40-caliber pistol near the lab.
According to a witness testimony, Aguilar-Gordinez sent six men after the witness over a drug debt. When the six men found the witness, Aguilar-Gordinez reportedly told the witness “If you run, I have you shot where you stand.” Another witness confirmed the accusations.
Five other men were arrested near the lab site in 2008.
Aguilar-Gordinez had been previously deported twice and also owned and ran a clothing store called “La Michoacana Western Wear” in Lodi.
Ruben Dominguez filed this report.