Sacramento woman pleads guilty to fentanyl distribution, faces life sentence



A Sacramento woman pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Sacramento to possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute.

In 2020, a team of local and federal law enforcement officers jointly investigated the drug trafficking activities of Sofia Cisneros-Noyola, 39, of Sacrament, and her co‑defendants Esmerelda Ceja-Mendez, 43, of Ceres; Julian Loeza, 33, of Ceres; and Victor Ramirez, 37, of Atwater. 

On Dec. 2, 2020, law enforcement agents stopped Ms. Cisneros-Noyola while she was en route from Modesto to a location where she had arranged to conduct a narcotics transaction, She was found in possession of 20,000 counterfeit oxycontin M-30 pills weighing more than 2 kilograms from under the front passenger seat.

Cisneros-Noyola will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on June 24, 2024. Cisneros-Noyola faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the San Joaquin County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Antonio J. Pataca, Sam Stefanki, and Audrey Hemesath prosecuted the case.

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