Drug and Gun Dealer Exiled to Over 10 Years in Federal Prison
Continued to Sell Guns and Drugs after State Conviction and While on State Probation
Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Luis Gonzalez, age 22, of Silver Spring, Maryland, yesterday to 126 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession of an unregistered short-barreled shotgun and distributing cocaine base, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
“One of the goals of our Maryland Exile program is to send illegal gun dealers to federal prisons far from home, where they can no longer be a danger to the citizens of Maryland,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his guilty plea, on October 17, 2006 Gonzalez and co-defendant Edwin Alvanez sold an unregistered short-barreled shotgun to an ATF informant for $350. The shotgun had a barrel length of less than 18 inches and thus, was subject to National Firearm Act restrictions and registration. Alvanez provided ammunition for the shotgun.
On October 24, 2006, Gonzalez pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland to possession of crack cocaine and was sentenced to one year incarceration, with the term of imprisonment suspended, and one year of probation.
On five occasions from October 26, 2006 to February 27, 2007, while on probation for the state charge, Gonzalez sold a total of 52.7 grams of crack cocaine for a total of $2,550 to the same informant. On one occasion, co-defendant Richard Mejia accompanied Gonzalez, and on another occasion Gonzalez brought a four or five year old boy with him.
On February 15, 2007 Gonzalez sold a .22 caliber pistol to the informant for $500. The gun had previously been reported to the Baltimore County police as stolen.
On April 7, 2008, Judge Chasanow sentenced Richard Mejia, age 23, of Hyattsville, Maryland, to 70 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Edwin Alvanez, age 21, of Hyattsville, Maryland, pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered short-barreled shotgun and being a felon in possession of a firearm and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 15, 2008.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorneys James M. Trusty and Stacy Dawson Belf, who prosecuted the case.