United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Stockton Man Charged With Federal Gun And Drug Charges
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
Thursday, January 17, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that a federal grand jury returned a three count indictment charging Jose Javier Nunez, 37, with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of hydrocodone, and felon in possession of a firearm. Court documents provide that following a high speed vehicle pursuit and crash of the defendant’s pick-up truck, Stockton police officers recovered methamphetamine packaged for distribution, a 9mm caliber pistol, and other indicia of narcotics trafficking in and around the crashed vehicle. The indictment further alleges multiple prior narcotics offenses by the defendant.
This case is the product of a joint investigation by the Stockton Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Olusere Olowoyeye is prosecuting the case.
The maximum statutory penalty for a violation of Felon in Possession of a Firearm is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum statutory penalty for a violation of Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance is 10 years to life in prison and an $8,000,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will 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 defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.