U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Eastern District of California
Eastern District of California
For Immediate Release
March 29, 2013
Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney
Contact: Lauren Horwood
Firearms Trafficking Indictment and Project Safe Neighborhoods News
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — The Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative brings together federal, state and local law enforcement to combat gun and gang crime. At the core of PSN is increased federal prosecution to incapacitate chronic violent offenders as well as to communicate a credible deterrent threat to potential gun offenders. United States 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. announced the following indictments in federal PSN cases.
These cases underscore the ongoing effort to get firearms out of the hands of criminals, stated Special Agent in Charge, Joseph M. Riehl.
Our priority is to combat violent crime and help make our neighborhoods safe and we will continue in this undertaking.
Sacramento Man Indicted for Firearms Trafficking Offenses (2:13–cr–92–GEB) Dejon Andrade, 27, of Sacramento, was indicted today on one count of unlawful dealing in firearms, five counts of interstate travel with intent to unlawfully deal in firearms, and nine counts of illegal transportation of firearms acquired outside of state of residency.
According to court documents, Andrade used a Nevada ID to buy guns in Nevada, although he resided in California. He 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). Andrade was found to be in possession of 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.
This case is the product of a joint task force investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the Sacrament Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Lee is prosecuting the case.
Other Recent indictments:
Stockton Man Indicted Today
Barry Rhodes, 27, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm for possessing a 9 mm semiautomatic firearm after previously being convicted of a felony. This case is the product of an investigation by ATF and the Stockton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Olusere Olowoyeye is prosecuting the case.
2:13–cr–83–KJM, March 14, 2013
A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against Stockton resident, Arthurton Warren, 31, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Court documents allege that he was in possession of a .40–caliber semi–automatic pistol and a sawed–off shotgun after previously being convicted of felony offenses. This case is the product of an investigation by ATF and the Stockton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Olusere Olowoyeye is prosecuting the case.
2:13–cr–79–KJM, March 7, 2013
A federal grand jury returned a one–count indictment charging Stockton resident, Hector Montanez, 24, with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Court documents allege that Montanez was in possession of a 9 mm Glock pistol after previously being convicted of multiple felony offenses. This case is the product of an investigation by ATF and the Stockton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Olusere Olowoyeye is prosecuting the case.
2:13–cr–72–JAM, March 7, 2013
Michael Frederick Hesse, 33, of Yuba City, was charged with three counts of possession of an unregistered destructive device, three counts of being felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of possession of an unregistered silencer. According to court documents, Hesse possessed three improvised explosive device made from a CO2 cartridge, containing double base smokeless powder and a fusing mechanism with marbles attached to the exterior. He also possessed a shotgun, a .22–caliber semi–automatic pistol, a Smith and Wesson, .32–caliber revolver, and an unregistered silencer. In 2009, Hesse was convicted of drug offenses in Sutter County Superior Court. This case was the product of an investigation by ATF, the California Highway Patrol, and the Yuba City Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Anderson is prosecuting the case.
2:13–cr–67–LKK, February 28, 2013
Michael James Ward, 35, of Sacramento, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that Ward, who has several felony convictions for possession of controlled substances, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and felony driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, illegally possessed a handgun. This case is the product of a joint investigation by the ATF and the Sacramento Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michael McCoy is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, these defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentences, however, would 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. The charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.