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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of California

For Immediate Release

April 21, 2011

Melinda Haag, United States Attorney

Contact: Jack Gillund
(415) 436-6599

Oakland Drug Dealer Sentenced to 160 Months of Imprisonment

SAN FRANCISCO – United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Stephen C. Herkins announced that yesterday Demario McDaniels, a/k/a Rio, was sentenced to 160 months in prison for distribution of crack cocaine. McDaniels has multiple prior felony narcotics distribution convictions. Therefore, he was sentenced by the Honorable William Alsup, U.S. District Court Judge pursuant to the career offender provisions of the United States Sentencing Guidelines.

This lengthy prison sentence will remove a dangerous criminal who has plagued our neighborhoods by selling drugs, stated Special Agent in Charge Stephen C. Herkins. The success of this investigation is attributed to the excellent undercover work that was conducted and the solid partnership between ATF and the United States Attorney’s Office.

McDaniel was indicted on September 19, 2010, and charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. Section 841(a)(1). The indictment arose out of multiple sales by McDaniel to an undercover ATF agent. In total, McDaniel either sold or possessed approximately 150 grams of crack cocaine, and engaged in numerous conversations with the agents regarding the sales of firearms.

William Frentzen is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case with the assistance of Lilian Arauzhasse and Marina Ponomarchuk.

Further Information:

Case #: CR 05-0324 MMC

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