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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of California
Phillip A. Talbert, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Stockton Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of Ammunition

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Clayton Howard, 47, of Stockton, was sentenced today to seven years and two months in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on April 10, 2020, a search warrant executed at Howard’s residence found him to be in possession of 13 different types of ammunition, spent shell casings, various firearm parts, bulletproof vests, firearm silencers, and 11 grams of methamphetamine. Howard, who had previously been convicted of 16 felonies, was prohibited from possessing ammunition.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the San Joaquin County Sherriff’s Office, and the Stockton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron L. Desmond prosecuted the case.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

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