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

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sacramento Man Charged with Possession of Machine Guns and Methamphetamine

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment today against Russell Valenzuela, 42, of Sacramento, charging him with unlawful possession of unregistered firearms, prohibited possession of a firearm, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Valenzuela was found to be in possession of two fully automatic submachine guns and 55 grams of methamphetamine following a search of the house where he was residing.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Quinn Hochhalter and Justin Lee are prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Valenzuela faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million 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 defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Updated July 27, 2018