The deputy police chief in Fresno was one of the four people who were arrested on federal drug charges on Thursday. One of the charges was conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and heroin. Fifty-one year old Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster was arrested for conspiracy to distribute and/or possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, heroin and oxycodone.
Foster was arrested along with Randy Flowers, Jennifer Donebedian and Rafael Guzman. The FBI stated that both the ATF and FBI had conducted a year-long investigation that involved surveillance and wiretaps. Foster has been working with the Fresno Police Department for the past 29 years. He was promoted to deputy police chief in January 2007.
Jerry Dyer, who is the Fresno Police Chief, stated that this is a very sad day for the citizens of Fresno, the police department and him personally. An affidavit by Sherri L. Reynolds, who is the special agent for the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, shows that Foster made a phone call to Flowers on December 23, 2014, and he said that he had a 100 of those things for Flowers.
Foster picked up a prescription for 100 oxycodone tablets at a Rite Aid Pharmacy. He then drove back to his home, which is located in Southwest Fresno. He also picked up a prescription on January 27, 2015 and took it to Flowers’ home.
Flowers was convicted of possession of cocaine base in 1988. He was also convicted in 1994 for being an addict and felon with a possession of a firearm. In 2010, he was convicted for delivery of a schedule II controlled substance in Marion County, Oregon.
Neither the Fresno Police Department nor FBI was able to provide the name of a defense lawyer to comment on the charges.
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