Plea Deal Offered to Former Drug Dealing Police Chief

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Pablo Lopez from the Fresno Bee reports that federal prosecutors are offering plea deals to Keith Foster and six others indicted on drug-trafficking charges.

So far, plea offers have been made to defendants Ricky Reynolds, Randy Flowers and Rafael Guzman. Plea offers to Keith Foster, Dennis Foster and Jennifer Donabedian will be finalized by Friday, the document says.

Another defendant in the case, Sarah Ybarra, has already accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and/or possess marijuana. She has been sentenced to prison.

Keith Foster was Chief Dyer’s right hand man at the Fresno Police Department until his arrest last year on charges in three separate conspiracies to distribute oxycodone, marijuana and heroin.

The 13-page indictment charges Foster and Guzman with conspiring to distribute heroin. Foster also is charged with conspiring with Reynolds, Donabedian and Denny Foster to distribute marijuana. Denny Foster is also a nephew of Keith Foster.

Reynolds is separately charged with manufacturing marijuana, and both Reynolds and Denny Foster are charged individually in various counts alleging distribution of marijuana. Denny Foster is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Each defendant is charged with at least one count of using a cellphone in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Finally, Denny Foster and Guzman are charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

In November, Ybarra, a friend of Denny Foster, was sentenced to a year in prison for mailing several pounds of marijuana through a package delivery company. Defense lawyer Richard Beshwate, who represented Ybarra, has said she neither knew Keith Foster nor will she have to testify against him.

Keith Foster and the remaining defendants are out of custody.

The case has been on hold while defense attorney sift through tens of thousands of pages of documents. The evidence includes transcripts of wiretaps and information from seized electronic devices, prosecutors say.