Oakland Resident Faces Drug Distribution Charges In Alleged Tenderloin Fentanyl And Methamphetamine Distribution Scheme

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SAN FRANCISCO – Dixis Archaga-Reyes appeared today in United States District Court to face federal drug distribution charges for the alleged distribution of methamphetamine and fentanyl in and near the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, announced United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and Special Agent in Charge Wade R. Shannon of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).    

The charges were set out in a criminal complaint filed February 15, 2022, and unsealed in federal court today.  According to the criminal complaint, Archaga-Reyes, 26, of Oakland, sold drugs on multiple occasions near the Tenderloin area of San Francisco.  The complaint describes four transactions between November 2, 2021, and February 4, 2022, in which Archaga-Reyes sold methamphetamine, fentanyl, or both to an undercover Task Force Officer working with the DEA and the San Francisco Police Department.  For example, the complaint alleges that on February 4, 2022, Archaga-Reyes communicated with the undercover agent by text and arranged to sell an ounce of fentanyl for $500 and 4 ounces of methamphetamine for $1,000 near 7th and Mission Streets.  The complaint alleges that the undercover agent arrived at the area at approximately 4:39 p.m., driving a vehicle into which Archaga-Reyes entered on the passenger side.  The transaction, which allegedly was recorded on video, involved Archaga-Reyes allegedly handing to the agent numerous clear plastic bags containing suspected fentanyl and methamphetamine in exchange for $1,500 in pre-marked bills.  After the transaction, Archaga-Reyes exited the vehicle and the government took steps to confirm the plastic bags contained methamphetamine and fentanyl.  

In sum, the complaint charges Archaga-Reyes with distributing 5 or more grams of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B)(viii), and distributing 40 or more grams of fentanyl, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B)(vi).  The statutory maximum penalty for each of these charges is a minimum of 5 years’ imprisonment and a maximum of 40 years’ imprisonment, a 5,000,000 fine, a minimum of 4 years’ supervised release and a maximum of life, a $100 special assessment, and mandatory and discretionary denial of federal benefits.  However, any sentence following a conviction would be imposed by a court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

The charges contained in the criminal complaint are only allegations.  As in any criminal case, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Archaga-Reyes made his initial federal court appearance today in United States District Court in San Francisco before United States Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler.  Archaga-Reyes was detained and remains in custody.  His next court appearance is scheduled for February 28, 2022, before United States Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler, for a detention hearing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Paulson is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Soana Katoa and Mark DiCenzo.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by DEA and the San Francisco Police Department.