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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 31, 2022

Sacramento Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 17.5 Years in Prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gabriel Arauza, 33, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley to 17 and a half years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, Arauza was arrested on Aug. 29, 2018, after law enforcement officers found 30.5 pounds of methamphetamine at his residence in Sacramento. Arauza has previously been convicted on four separate occasions for felony drug offenses, including California state drug trafficking convictions in 2013 and 2015.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin Lee and Aaron Pennekamp prosecuted the case.

This case was 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.

Updated March 31, 2022