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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Lauren Horwood
916-554-2706
lauren.horwood@usdoj.gov

Stockton Felons Arrested For Firearms and Drug Violations in Two Separate Cases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that two indictments have been unsealed as follows:

On December 16, 2010, a federal grand jury returned a 17-count indictment charging Jeffrey Rodriguez, 33, of Stockton, with one count of dealing firearms without a license, twelve counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and four counts of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The indictment alleges that, on various dates throughout 2009 through 2010, Rodriguez sold 12 firearms, including handguns, shotguns, and rifles, without a license. The indictment further alleges that Rodriguez, a convicted felon, illegally possessed those firearms. In addition, the indictment alleges that, on four different occasions, Rodriguez possessed methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He was arrested on December 22, 2010. He is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez on January 4, 2011.

In a separate case, a federal grand jury returned a 10-count indictment charging Issac Mejia, 26, of Stockton, with six counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and four counts of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The indictment alleges that, on various dates throughout 2009 through 2010, Mejia, a convicted felon, possessed six firearms. In addition, the indictment alleges that, on four different occasions, Mejia possessed methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He was arrested on December 22, 2010 and is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb on January 10, 2011.

These cases are the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul Hemesath.

The maximum statutory penalty for the violations charged in the indictments is life in prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Both defendants have entered pleas of not guilty; the charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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