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News - February 17, 2010

Safeway stock clerk sentenced for dealing drugs

Cayetano Figueroa-Fernandez, a 32-year-old stock clerk at the Safeway supermarket on El Camino Real in Menlo Park, was sentenced to eight months in San Mateo County jail on Monday, Feb. 8, after pleading no-contest to two felony counts of selling methamphetamines to an undercover informant in the store parking lot in May 2009, prosecutors said.

Superior Court Judge Susan Etezadi's sentence included three years of supervised probation at a cost of $75 per month, fines totaling $540, restrictions on weapons possession, registration as a drug offender, and the loss of Fourth Amendment rights regarding search and seizure, according to a report from Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Mr. Figueroa-Fernandez is free on $40,000 bail and is scheduled to surrender to authorities on March 20, Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti said in an interview.

The probation officer will have the discretion to modify his jail time to a participation in a drug rehabilitation program if there is reason to believe that narcotics addition is a contributing factor in Mr. Figueroa-Fernandez's case, Ms. Guidotti said.

During his probation, Mr. Figueroa-Fernandez's home and vehicle may be searched with or without probable cause, and authorities may seize, without a warrant, any evidence of further criminal activity or violations of his probation, prosecutors said.

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