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VANCOUVER WASHINGTON FELON PLEADS GUILTY TO GUN POSSESSION
Defendant with Prior Drug Convictions had Stolen Shotgun Hidden in Car

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2009

WESLEY SCOTT RAZO, 24, of Vancouver, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. RAZO faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan on January 8, 2010.

According to records filed in the case, RAZO was first arrested by local authorities on December 1, 2008, following a drug dealing investigation in Clark County, Washington. A confidential informant set up a drug deal with RAZO. The two had agreed to meet in the parking lot of a Safeway store, where the confidential informant was going to purchase methamphetamine. RAZO had an expired drivers license, and was pulled over by Vancouver Police Department officers near the parking lot. Under the drivers side seat, officers discovered a sawed-off shotgun that had been stolen in a burglary in Ridgefield, Washington. At RAZO’s home officers found methamphetamine. RAZO has convictions from 2005 and 2007 in Clark County Superior Court for methamphetamine possession. Due to those convictions, RAZO is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

In his plea agreement, RAZO admits that he possessed and sold four other firearms in 2009. This was after his arrest by local police, but before he was charged federally. RAZO sold the guns to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. RAZO was arrested and charged federally in June 2009.

RAZO was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled in May 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), is a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement. PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking both new and existing local programs that target gun crime and then providing them with the resources and tools they need to succeed. Implementation at the local level -- in this case, in Clark County -- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

The case was investigated by the Vancouver Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Dion.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@USDOJ.Gov.

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