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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Arizona

For Immediate Release

July 13, 2011

Dennis K. Burke, United States Attorney

Contact: Robbie Sherwood, Public Affairs
(602) 514-7573

Leader of Violent Home Invasion Crew Sentenced to 10 Years on Drug Charges

TUCSON, Ariz. – Daniel Peinado, 24, of Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to 120 months in prison. Peinado pleaded guilty on April 21, 2011, to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute 544 kilograms of Marijuana.

Peinado was a leader of a violent home invasion crew that operated in Tucson. In May 2007, Peinado learned that a large quantity of marijuana was stored in a house in Tucson. He and other members of his crew decided to steal the drugs at gunpoint. On May 16, 2007, Peinado and other members of the crew traveled to the drug house. A shootout occurred between members of the Peinado's home invasion crew and the occupants of the house. Two people were shot during the exchange of gunfire. Peinado and the other members of the crew fled the scene.

n September 26, 2009, after a lengthy investigation, Peinado was indicted for his involvement in the shootout and other attempted home invasions. He fled to Mexico but was arrested on July 18, 2010 upon his return to the United States.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Tucson Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Jesse Figueroa and Ryan DeJoe, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Tucson.


RELEASE NUMBER: 2011-147(Peinado)


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