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Bakersfield Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

FRESNO, Calif. — Derrick Gage, 42, of Bakersfield, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance a Drug Trafficking Offense, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on April 23, 2022, law enforcement officers were on patrol at the Plaza Motel on Union Avenue in Bakersfield when they saw Gage inside a room with a firearm and what appeared to be drugs. The officers searched the room and seized a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun as well as cocaine.  Gage is prohibited from possessing firearms because he has prior felony convictions for domestic violence, participation in a criminal street gang, and sales of cocaine.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Bakersfield Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin J. Gilio and Laurel J. Montoya prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated September 5, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses