For Immediate Release
Sentenced and Guilty Plea in Case Involving Sale of Firearms and Methamphetamine in Stockton
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One defendant pleaded guilty and another was sentenced today in a case involving the sale of firearms and methamphetamine from a residence in Stockton.
Jorge Magana, 44, of Stockton, pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, and Johnny Torres, 24, also a resident of Stockton, was sentenced to two years in prison for dealing firearms without a license, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, on four different occasions in early 2014, Magana drove to a residence in Stockton, and supplied methamphetamine to two co-defendants who operated out of the house. Each day, shortly after Magana arrived at the residence and provided methamphetamine, those co-defendants sold the methamphetamine to an undercover agent. In total, Magana supplied approximately three-quarters of a pound of methamphetamine.
Court documents further detailed how co-defendant Johnny Torres sold five firearms to an undercover agent from the same Stockton residence. On January 15, 2014, Torres sold three firearms to an undercover ATF agent for $1,200: a .22-caliber Ruger Mark 1 pistol, a 9 mm Hi-Point pistol, and a 9 mm KEL-TEC P11 pistol. On February 20, 2014, Torres sold the undercover agent the following firearms for $550: a Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun and a short-barreled Ruger 10/22 rifle. Torres was unlicensed to sell firearms.
Jorge Magana, who is in custody, is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. on June 18, 2015. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each of the two counts of distributing methamphetamine. Another defendant charged in this case, Donovan Torres, previously pleaded guilty to dealing firearms without a license and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 9, 2015. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentences for each defendant will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christiaan Highsmith is prosecuting the case.