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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2013

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Lauren Horwood
(916) 554-2706

Sacramento Man Arrested for Firearms Trafficking Offenses Involving Guns Purchased in Nevada

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Dejon Andrade, 27, of Sacramento, was taken into federal custody late yesterday on charges of unlawful dealing in firearms, interstate travel with intent to unlawfully deal in firearms and illegal transportation of firearms acquired outside of his state of residency, announced U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and Joseph M. Riehl, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), San Francisco Field Division.

Special Agent in Charge Riehl stated: “The individuals who illegally buy and sell firearms across state lines to arm dangerous gangsters are just as responsible for the violent crimes committed by the criminals as those who pull the triggers on these ill-gotten weapons.”

According to the criminal complaint unsealed today, Andrade used Nevada ID to buy guns in Nevada, although he resided in California. Andrade was prohibited from purchasing or possessing guns in California because of parole conditions, but was able to buy firearms in Reno by providing false information on his federal firearm purchase paperwork (ATF Form 4473).

According to the criminal complaint, on February 1, 2013, task force officers searched Andrade’s residence in Sacramento and found a Sturm Ruger, Model 95, 9 mm pistol, and a Smith and Wesson, Model SD40VE, .40-caliber pistol that had been purchased by Andrade in Reno. A forensic examination of Andrade’s cellphone generated numerous photographs of pistols and rifles along with text messages and emails containing conversations regarding the purchase and sale of firearms.

According to court documents, on February 11, 2013, Elk Grove police officers recovered a Ruger, Model P94, .40-caliber pistol from a suspect who was arrested after taking police officers on a vehicle pursuit, followed by a foot pursuit. While attempting to run away from the officers, the suspect discarded the firearm that he was carrying. The suspect is a validated gang member. A subsequent records check revealed that the recovered firearm was purchased by Andrade on January 15, 2013, in Reno.

Andrade is expected to make an initial appearance this afternoon at 2:00, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd. This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the Sacramento Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Justin Lee is prosecuting the case.

The maximum sentence for interstate travel with intent to unlawfully deal in firearms is 10 years in prison. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The allegations in the criminal complaint are only accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.