A former Taft resident pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Mario Alvarez-Muniz, 49, delivered two pounds of meth during an undercover operation, then left the U.S. for Mexico, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California. 

He returned in May 2017 and orchestrated a shipment of six kilograms of heroin and 11 kilograms of cocaine from Bakersfield to Chicago, the release said. The drugs were intercepted by law enforcement and Alvarez-Muniz was arrested.

He faces a maximum of life in prison and a $10 million fine at his Jan. 22 sentencing hearing. 

Darrell Leon Jennings, 49, a codefendant in the case, is currently a fugitive, the release said.

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Life in prison is too lenient for this offense. We need the death penalty for these criminals.

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