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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

www.justice.gov/usao/cae

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Lauren Horwood, Public Information Officer
(916) 554-2706
lauren.horwood@usdoj.gov

Turlock Man and Fresno Man Indicted on Firearms Charges

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned two separate indictments today charging two men for firearms offenses.

Turlock

According to the first indictment, Miguel Loza, 21, of Turlock, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. In 2010, Loza was convicted of driving recklessly to evade a peace officer – a felony conviction resulting in Loza being prohibited from carrying firearms. Despite that restriction, Loza was found in possession of a handgun in November 2011.

If convicted, Loza faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. If convicted, the actual sentence 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. The charge is only an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is the result of Project Safe Neighborhoods – a project designed to reduce illegal drugs and violent crimes with the particular focus of cracking down on gang activities. Project Safe Neighborhoods brings to bear a coordinated effort between local and federal law enforcement agencies including the Ceres Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Yasin Mohammad is prosecuting the case.

Fresno

According to the second indictment, Hector Gonzalez–Gonzalez, 19, of Fresno, is charged with being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. On December 10, 2011, Gonzalez–Gonzalez was in possession of a .22–caliber Colt, Model Frontier Scout revolver while being an illegal alien.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Fresno Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Sanchez is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Gonzalez–Gonzalez faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but any sentence 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. The charge is only an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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