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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 03, 2011

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Lauren Horwood, Director of Community Relations
(916) 554-2706

Stanislaus County Drug Felon Pleads Guilty to Possession of Ammunition

FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that convicted felon, Sergio V. Garcia, 32, of Riverbank, pleaded guilty today to felony possession of rifle ammunition.

According to court records, in 1998, Garcia was convicted of a felony for offering to furnish a controlled substance to a minor. In 2004, he was convicted of another felony for drug trafficking. These prior felony convictions made it illegal for Garcia to possess firearms or ammunition.

When we deny convicted felons access to ammunition, we prevent imminent violent crime from occurring in our neighborhoods, stated Special Agent in Charge Stephen C. Herkins. ATF will continue to work diligently with our law enforcement partners to deny those who are prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

Garcia faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

This case is the result of Project Safe Neighborhoods – a project designed to reduce illegal drugs and violent crimes with the particular focus of cracking down on gang activities. Project Safe Neighborhoods brings to bear a coordinated effort between local and federal law enforcement agencies including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, and the Stanislaus District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Yasin Mohammad is prosecuting the case.