Ivanhoe man sentenced for gun, drug charges

Jonathan Gallegos of Ivanhoe receives a 17-year sentence for armed drug trafficking charges spanning back to 2021

FRESNO – A long-term investigation put together through the conjoined efforts of eight agencies has concluded with the offender being sent to the jailhouse for over 17 years.

Jonathan Gallegos, 32, was sentenced to a total of 17 years and seven months in prison for the trafficking of methamphetamine and marijuana. He was also sentenced for using a firearm during – and in relation to – a drug trafficking crime, as announced by U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert.

According to court documents, the charges against Gallegos stemmed from the long-term investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies. The investigation uncovered evidence of a trade scheme, involving illegal drugs sourced in Mexico and California in commerce for firearms sourced in Texas.

Some time between April 6, 2021, and Dec. 17, 2021, Gallegos and associates shipped kilograms of methamphetamine and marijuana from post offices in Central California to residences in San Antonio, Texas. Gallegos’s drug-buying customers shipped firearms back to Gallegos and his associates in California, as payment for the narcotics they had received.

In 2021, a team of local, state and federal law enforcement officers partnered in an investigation into the Tulare County Surenos Street Gang. Part of the investigation focused on Gallegos and his associates, who were involved in shipping illegal drugs and firearms across state lines.

This case is the product of an investigation by eight agencies: the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, the Tulare County Area Regencies Gun Enforcement Team, the Visalia Police Department, the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Investigation, the California Highway Patrol’s Special Operations Unit, and the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin Gilio and Antonio Pataca are prosecuting the case.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be accessed at www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, on May 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results.

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