A Gilroy resident police say established a network to fuel his
illegal narcotics distribution efforts was sentenced to 10 years in
A Gilroy resident police say established a network to fuel his illegal narcotics distribution efforts was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
According to a Gilroy Police Department press release, investigators from the department’s Anti-Crime Team, the Unified Narcotics
Enforcement Team and federal law enforcement collaborated in a narcotics distribution investigation on April 16, 2010.
The GPD said it received information from a variety of sources indicating Gilroy resident Charlie Carranza was selling and distributing narcotics for an extended period of time.
Carranza had an established network where “he would isolate himself with parolees and other known criminal offenders” to shield himself from prosecution, the GPD said.
With his associates soliciting and identifying potential clients, investigators were able to determine the source of these transactions and determine how it related to Carranza, police said.
A federal search warrant was secured, and the law enforcement agencies executed that warrant that led to the arrest of Carranza. At that time, other known offenders were arrested for a variety of charges including narcotics and outstanding warrants.
Carranza was taken into federal custody and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Feb. 24.
According to the GPD, he will be on a supervised release program for five years subsequent to his release.
“There were some proceeds that were seized related to the illicit activities that were occurring,” GPD said. “We appreciate the willingness of community members to assist law enforcement in our efforts to suppress and eradicate the sale of drugs in our community. This is a modern plague that will continue to seriously harm or kill our children. Without community members’ assistance, this would have continued and would allow those who choose not to seek gainful employment and be productive members of our society to elude prosecution under the cloak of intimidation and the allure of easy money.”
Anyone with information on the sale of drugs in the community can call 846-0350