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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 25, 2019

Bulldog Gang Member Sentenced to over 8 Years in Prison in Connection with Fresno Shooting

FRESNO, Calif. — Alberto Perez, 31, of Fresno, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to eight years and four months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, on June 26, 2017, while riding in a car in the area of Highway 99 and Ventura, Perez fired shots at a car, intending to hit an occupant inside the vehicle. Perez later discussed the shooting in a call with Carlos Montano, who is charged and has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, firearms, and sex trafficking offenses in a related criminal case. Agents monitoring the intercepted communications were able to further connect Perez to the shooting using various investigative techniques. In September, 2017, investigators obtained a search warrant and found ammunition at Perez’s residence.

The charges are the product of an investigation by the DEA, FBI, HSI, ATF, the Fresno Police Department, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, and the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC), with assistance from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly A. Sanchez and Jeffrey Spivak are prosecuting the case.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF program was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s drug supply.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), 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.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 
1:17-cr-239 LJO
Updated February 25, 2019