OAKLAND – Oscar Rene Noguera Baeza was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for distributing cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Chris Nielsen. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Jon S. Tigar, U.S. District Judge.
Baeza, 31, of Concord, Calif., pleaded guilty to the charges on November 9, 2018. According to his plea agreement, Baeza admitted that between June 2017 and February 2018, he distributed over a kilogram of cocaine in a series of transactions. Baeza also admitted that he was paid a total of $36,960 for the cocaine he sold during these transactions. Defendant also admitted that he possessed a Springfield XD40 semi-automatic .40 caliber pistol loaded with eight rounds ammunition, and an extended magazine that could hold at least sixteen rounds of ammunition.
On August 3, 2018, Baeza was charged by information with one count of distribution of cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C), and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). Baeza pleaded guilty to both counts.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Tigar ordered Baeza to serve a 4-year term of supervised release that will begin at the conclusion of his prison term.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Green is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Elyza Delgado. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the DEA and Concord Police Department.