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VANCOUVER WASHINGTON FELON GETS 6 YEAR PRISON TERM FOR GUN POSSESSION
Defendant with Prior Drug Convictions had Stolen Shotgun Hidden in Car

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2010

WESLEY SCOTT RAZO, 25, of Vancouver, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to six years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. RAZO pleaded guilty in October 2009. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan said that RAZO had “lived an outlaw life for a long time” and was a “danger to the public.”

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. RAZO had agreed to meet a drug customer in the parking lot of a Safeway store. The customer, who was working with law enforcement, 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 admitted 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 person working with law enforcement. RAZO was arrested and charged federally in June 2009.

In asking for a significant sentence Assistant United States Attorney Michael Dion wrote to the court that RAZO “has admitted to dealing methamphetamine, bringing an illegal sawed-off shotgun to a drug deal, and selling four other guns to an informant. In short, Razo is poisoning his community with drugs and weapons.”

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, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). The case was 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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