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Modesto Felon Faces Charges for Illegal Firearms Possession

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FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Reyes Lopez Magana, 37, of Modesto, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to the indictment, on July 27, 2015, Magana, a previously convicted felon, was in possession of a Jimenez Arms 9 millimeter handgun that was loaded with 9 millimeter ammunition.

Auburn Man Indicted for Illegally Manufacturing Firearms

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against Craig Mason, 44, of Auburn, charging him with unlawful dealing and manufacturing firearms and manufacturing marijuana, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Mason and others involved in the scheme sold the parts necessary to assemble a firearm. Mason operated a workshop on his property that he used to manufacture firearms by converting AR-15-style blanks into lower receivers.

Modesto Man Indicted for Being A Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

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FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Javier Haro, 34, of Modesto, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, 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 Daniel Griffin is prosecuting the case.

Four Modesto Residents Indicted on Drug Conspiracy Charges

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FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a 13-count indictment today against Juan Carranza, 23; Jose Carranza-Pompa, 57; Lorenzo Carranza-Pompa, 48; and Maria Carranza, 44, all of Modesto, charging them with a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine; distribution of cocaine; distribution of methamphetamine; distribution of heroin; and possession with intent to distribute heroin, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

California Firearms Trafficker Sentenced to 8½ Years in Prison

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A northern California man who lied on federal gun forms to unlawfully purchase approximately 90 firearms in Nevada, was sentenced today to 8½ years in federal prison and three years of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Jill A. Snyder of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) San Francisco Field Division. 

Eight Men Indicted for Manufacturing and Dealing AR-15 Type Rifles and Silencers Without a License

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a 70-count indictment today against eight men, charging them with various firearms offenses involving manufacturing and dealing firearms without a license, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and ATF Special Agent in Charge Jill A. Snyder announced.

ATF San Francisco Field Division Welcomes New Leader Jill A. Snyder

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced the arrival of Jill A. Snyder as the new Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the San Francisco Field Division.  She will direct the investigative activities of the law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing federal laws and regulations involving firearms and explosives within an area encompassing the central and northern portion of California and all of Nevada.  Snyder takes the helm with more than 28 years of expertise and insight as a special agent with ATF.

Jury Finds Husband and Wife Guilty in Antelope Home Arson

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a 10-day trial before Chief United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr., a jury returned its verdict today finding a Sacramento couple guilty on all four counts related to the arson of their former home in Antelope, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

The jury found Alexander Sakhanskiy, 43, and Larisa Sakhanskiy, 46, guilty of arson to commit another felony, two counts of mail fraud, and arson affecting interstate commerce. After today’s verdict, the judge ordered the defendants to be taken into custody.

Bakersfield Man Indicted for Laser Strikes on Police Helicopter and Possessing 7 Bombs

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FRESNO, Calif. — Earlier today an indictment was unsealed charging Pablo Cesar Sahagun, 26, of Bakersfield, in connection with laser strikes of a police helicopter and possessing seven bombs, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on July 16, 2015.

Unlawful Use of an Explosive Device Injures Multiple Victims ATF Offers up to $5,000 Reward for Information

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Acting Special Agent in Charge Eric D. Harden and Manteca Police Chief Nick Obligacion, today announced that ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the unlawful use of an explosive device which injured multiple victims on July 3, in Manteca, Calif.

Yuba City Resident Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison for Possessing an Improvised Explosive Device

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Michael Frederick Hesse, 35, of Yuba City, was sentenced on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to five years and 10 months in prison for possession of an unregistered destructive device, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts for Former Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy and Federal Firearms Licensee in Firearm Straw-Buyer Scheme

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a nine-day trial, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts for two defendants in a firearm straw-buyer scheme involving firearms that are not on California’s roster of approved handguns, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Former Concord Resident Charged With Religious Hate Crime and Arson Charges

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OAKLAND – Hugo John Scherzberg made his initial appearance and was arraigned in federal court today on religious hate crime and arson charges relating to the March 20, 2010, fire at a church in Pittsburg, Calif., announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge, Joseph M. Riehl.

Former Fresno Police Department Deputy Chief and Six Others Indicted for Drug Trafficking

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FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury indicted former Fresno deputy police chief Keith Foster and six others today, charging them with a variety of drug trafficking offenses, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

In addition to Keith Foster, 51, the indictment includes charges against Randy Flowers, 48; Iran Dennis “Denny” Foster, 44; Rafael Guzman, 41; Jennifer Donabedian, 35; and Sarah Ybarra, 37, all of Fresno; and Ricky Reynolds, 30, of Shasta Lake. All defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015.

Stockton Man Sentenced to Over 7 Years in Prison on Federal Firearm Charges

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Austin Reed, 42, of Stockton, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to seven years and eight months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, on November 16, 2012, officers attempted to make contact with Reed in Stockton. Reed ran from the officers and while in flight, threw an assault-style firearm from his person. The officers recovered the firearm, a 9mm pistol, with 25 live rounds in an extended magazine.

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