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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 16, 2021

Fresno Men Indicted for Being Previously Convicted of Violent Crimes in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an indictment today against two Fresno residents, Edward Page, 32, and Trayvon Smith, 31, charging each with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, in the late-night hours of June 24, 2021, police officers received a tip that two individuals in a parked car were in possession of a firearm. The officers responded to the parking lot and found Smith and Page in the car. Page was quickly detained, but Smith fled, was chased, and eventually was caught and arrested. Inside the car, officers found two loaded semi-automatic firearms, one of the firearms was a privately manufactured weapon, sometimes referred to as a “ghost gun,” with no serial number, but with an extended magazine attached to the firearm. Both Smith and Page have prior violent felony convictions and cannot lawfully possess firearms or ammunition.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Fresno Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin J. Gilio is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Page and Smith face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being prosecuted as 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 September 16, 2021