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Fresno Mom Admits Guilt in Jail Drug Trafficking Conspiracy With Son



Eva Dolores Romero, 55, of Fresno, faces a minimum of five years in federal prison when she's sentenced. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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Eva Dolores Romero, 55, of Fresno, pleaded guilty on Friday to a felony drug trafficking charge involving her jailed son, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced in a news release.

According to court documents, while Romero’s son was a Fresno County Jail inmate, she conspired with him and others outside of jail to smuggle methamphetamine and heroin into the jail for distribution among inmates.

Romero got caught when law enforcement agents reviewed recorded jail calls and learned about a smuggling set for Jan. 26 of last year. On that day, agents intercepted a person trying to deliver narcotics hidden in athletic shoes to the jail.

Romero is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 18, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Jennifer L. Thurston. Romero faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin J. Gilio is prosecuting the case, which was assembled by Homeland Security Investigations, the DEA, Fresno police, and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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