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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

www.justice.gov/usao/cae

For Immediate Release

August 9, 2013

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Lauren Horwood
(916) 554-2706
usacae.edcapress@usdoj.gov

Cameron Park Man Indicted for Possessing Machine Gun and Meth Lab

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Cameron Park resident Joshua Bonn McGee, 31, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury for possession of a machine gun, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of equipment and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Christiaan Highsmith is prosecuting the case.

"Individuals who unlawfully possess machine guns will gain ATF’s full attention," said Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl. "We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure the safety of our community."

According to court documents, on May 12, 2013, deputies went to McGee’s residence to investigate reports of threats he had made against his estranged wife. As the deputies approached the house, they noticed a machine gun in the bed of a pickup truck. During a search of the house, deputies recovered several firearms, various gun parts, and body armor. They also noticed that the license plate of his truck had been modified in such a way that it could be folded down and out of sight or folded back into a normal position.

According to the criminal complaint, in the master bedroom, deputies found 226.8 grams of methamphetamine and a scale. In the garage they found precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine: lye, chlorine, muriatic acid, acetone, and sulfuric acid. Outside the house were various items, such as glassware and tubing, consistent with equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine.

McGee is in custody and is scheduled to be arraigned on August 14, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dale A. Drozd.

If convicted, McGee faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for possession of a machine gun. The statutory penalty for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute is five to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 million. The possible sentence for possession of equipment and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, 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; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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