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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of California

For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Benjamin B. Wagner
, United States Attorney
Contact: Lauren Horwood

Final Two Defendants Sentenced to Federal Prison in Stockton Gun and Drug Trafficking Case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Melissa Torres, 29, and Sally Evans, 28, both of Stockton, were sentenced today by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. for their involvement in the distribution of methamphetamine and firearms from a residence in Stockton, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Torres was sentenced to nine years in prison for distribution of methamphetamine and dealing firearms without a license. Evans was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for distribution of methamphetamine.

“Criminals who traffic illegal drugs often possess firearms as a part of their unlawful enterprise. Targeting armed narcotic traffickers remains a top priority for ATF,” said Special Agent in Charge Jill A. Snyder.

According to court documents, in January, February, and March of 2014, Melissa Torres met with an undercover agent on eight separate occasions. During each of those meetings, Torres either sold or assisted in the sale of methamphetamine or firearms to the undercover agent. In total, Torres was involved in selling more than a half pound of methamphetamine and eight firearms to the undercover agent. The firearms included four pistols, a handgun, two rifles, and a shotgun. During that same time frame, Evans was involved in the sale of more than one pound of methamphetamine to the undercover agent. Co-defendant Jorge Magana supplied much of the methamphetamine sold by Torres and Evans. Co-defendants Donovan Torres and Johnny Torres supplied several of the firearms sold by Melissa Torres. Donovan Torres and Johnny Torres also sold the undercover ATF agent several firearms.

Melissa Torres and Sally Evans are the final defendants sentenced in this case. Three co-defendants have already been sentenced in this case – Jorge Magana, Johnny Torres, and Donovan Torres. On October 8, 2015, Jorge Magana was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison. On March 26, 2015, Johnny Torres was sentenced to two years in prison. On April 9, 2015, Donovan Torres was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Stockton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Christiaan Highsmith prosecuted the case.

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