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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 2, 2022

Bakersfield Resident Sentenced to over 5 Years in Prison for Unlawfully Possessing Ammunition

FRESNO, Calif. — Jesus B. Cordero, 26, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd to five years and 10 months in prison for possession of ammunition after sustaining a domestic violence conviction, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, at approximately midnight on Sept. 5, 2020, law enforcement officers stopped Cordero for traffic infractions while he was driving in Bakersfield. Cordero did not have a driver’s license and gave a false name to the responding police officers. During a search of Cordero’s vehicle, officers located a baggie containing what was later determined to be approximately 45.5 grams of methamphetamine, which Cordero possessed intending to distribute it to others. Officers also discovered in Cordero’s vehicle an unmarked Polymer P80 9 mm handgun (which is known as a “ghost gun”) loaded with a high-capacity magazine and 23 rounds of 9 mm ammunition. In addition to Cordero’s 11 prior criminal convictions, he previously was convicted of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bakersfield Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher D. Baker prosecuted the case.

This case was part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated May 2, 2022