Mexican national pleads guilty for possessing heroin to distribute in Bakersfield

The man could spend the rest of his life in prison.

A Mexican national pleaded guilty on Monday to possessing with intent to distribute heroin to another Mexican national living in Bakersfield.  

U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert announced the plea on Monday. 


The big picture: Court documents state that Antonio Beltran-Chaidez, 54, recruited his brother Jose Beltran-Chaidez, 66, to deliver around two pounds of heroin to another man. 

  • Jose Beltran-Chaidez is also a Mexican national and was living in Bakersfield. 
  • They planned to distribute the heroin to Jorge Calderon-Campos, 43, a Mexican national living in Bakersfield. 
  • Calderon-Campos was unable to sell the heroin, and Jose Beltran-Chaidez retrieved it and was in possession of the heroin when stopped by law enforcement for a traffic violation. 

What we’re watching: Beltran is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 26 by U.S. District Judge Jennifer Thurston. 

  • He faces a minimum of 10 years to life in prison, as well as a $10 million fine. 
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