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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Oregon

For Immediate Release

August 22, 2011

Dwight C. Holton, United States Attorney

Contact: Sue Rutledge

Medford Career Felon Sentenced to 17+ Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Firearms and Drugs

MEDFORD, Ore. – David Jon Rendon, 30, of Medford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Owen M. Panner to 210 months in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and felon in possession of a firearm.

On July 16, 2010, Jackson County probation officers, assisted by Medford Police, conducted a probation search of Rendon’s apartment. Officers found a quarter pound of methamphetamine, MSM (a cutting agent), digital scales, ecstasy pills, Hydrocodone pills, cocaine, and a loaded Beretta 9mm handgun. The serial number on the handgun was obliterated. Due to defendant's extensive criminal history, Medford police referred the case to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms for federal prosecution.

Rendon is an armed career criminal and a career drug offender, having prior felony convictions in Oregon for assault in the third degree, three convictions for delivery of a controlled substance, two convictions for felony attempt to elude police, felon in possession of a firearm, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance.

This case was investigated by the Jackson County Probation Office, the Medford Police Department, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Douglas W. Fong.