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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

San Joaquin County Man Indicted for Possessing Methamphetamine and a Firearm

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Docket #: 2:13-cr-205-MCE



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Jonathan Garcia, 22, of Lathrop, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, on May 7, 2013, Garcia brought about 103 grams of methamphetamine to a drug buy involving undercover officers. In the center console of his car, Garcia had a loaded .45-caliber pistol. More methamphetamine – 117 grams – was found in his residence. Garcia has a prior felony conviction for second degree robbery and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Manteca Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Christiaan Highsmith is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Garcia faces five to 40 years in prison, and a $5 million fine. 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 charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.



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