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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Central District of California

For Immediate Release

December 20, 2010

André Birotte Jr., United States Attorney

Contact: Thom Mrozek, Public Affairs Officer
(213) 894-6947

Moreno Valley Gang Member Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Firearms and Drug Charges

LOS ANGELES — A Moreno Valley gang member was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and selling crack cocaine.

Anthony Patterson, 31, also known as Cyc, was sentenced by United States District Judge John F. Walter after the defendant pleaded guilty to the federal charges on October 10, about one month after he was taken into custody in this case.

According to court documents, Patterson sold a law enforcement confidential informant a.38-caliber revolver and six rounds of ammunition for $250 during a February 16 transaction in a grocery store parking lot in Moreno Valley. Three days later, Patterson sold the informant approximately one ounce of crack cocaine for $450 during a transaction in the parking lot of a Moreno Valley restaurant.

Patterson’s criminal history includes prior California state convictions for possession of cocaine for sale, robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Patterson was on parole after being convicted in state court of being a felon in possession of a firearm when he sold the firearm and the crack cocaine to the informant. Local law enforcement has documented Patterson as a member of the Four Trey Gangster Crip street.

If you posses firearms illegally and sell narcotics in our cities, the law enforcement community will come after you, said John A. Torres, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF in Los Angeles. This 10-year federal sentence sends a clear message to those that continue to break the law. You will be caught, you will go away for a long time, and you will serve your time far away from your family.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Moreno Valley Gang Task Force; the Moreno Valley Police Department; and the Riverside County Sheriff's Office successfully investigated the case. The case was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods/Anti-Gang Initiative.

CONTACT: Assistant United States Attorney Fred W. Slaughter Anti-Gang Coordinator (213) 894-4491