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Fresno Women Charged With Fentanyl Trafficking After Federal Raid



If convicted, Genevra Kaye Winton and Shannon Bargas face lengthy prison sentences and fines of up to $1 million. (GV Wire File Composite)
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Federal authorities have charged two Fresno women with fentanyl trafficking.

Armed with search warrants, officers searched Genevra Kaye Winton’s residence on March 2 and subsequently charged her and Shannon Bargas, 51, with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl pills.

Winton additionally was charged with being a felon in possession of a gun, and Bargas was charged with distributing fentanyl pills.

U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced the arrests and charges in a news release on Monday.

Watch: Efforts Ramp up to Catch Fentanyl Traffickers

Both women are in Fresno County Jail with bail yet to be set.

If convicted, Winton and Bargas face lengthy prison sentences and fines of up to $1 million.

The case stems from an investigation by FORT, a team focused on investigating fentanyl overdose cases. It is composed of officers from Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Fresno Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin J. Gilio is prosecuting the case.

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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