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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

www.justice.gov/usao/cae

For Immediate Release

July 22, 2013

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Lauren Horwood

(916) 554-2706
usacae.edcapress@usdoj.gov

Modesto Illegal Firearms and Methamphetamine Dealer Pleads Guilty

FRESNO, Calif. — Dimas Arreola, 60, of Modesto, pleaded guilty today to engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a license and distribution of methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Modesto Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly A. Sanchez is prosecuting the case.

"Gun Traffickers are the primary source of illegal firearms which are tools of the trade for those who engage in criminal activity," stated Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "ATF will continue our effort to prevent the unlawful sales of guns."

According to court documents, between November 7, 2011 and March 14, 2012, Arreola sold 22 firearms (rifles, shotguns and handguns) and approximately 70 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant.

Arreola is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on October 7, 2013. The maximum statutory penalty for a violation of engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a license is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The sentence for distribution of methamphetamine is a five year mandatory minimum and a 40 year maximum with a $5 million fine. 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.

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