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Stockton Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug And Firearm Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Cedric Sewell, 51, of Stockton, pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, on March 5, 2014, law enforcement officers conducted a probation search of Cedric Sewell’s residence in Stockton. Agents found a .38‑caliber revolver that was fully loaded with live rounds. The kitchen had been converted to a heroin manufacturing operation, including strainers, digital scales, cutting agents, and hundreds of baggies. Agents also found five kilograms of heroin, 500 grams of cocaine, a money counter, and other items used in drug manufacturing and distribution. Several other firearms (including an AR-15 assault rifle), a cache of ammunition, and approximately $67,000 was also found.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Alameda County Narcotics Taskforce, the San Bernardino Probation Department, and the San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Olusere Olowoyeye is prosecuting the case.

Sewell is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley on April 30, 2015. Sewell faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will 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.

Updated April 8, 2015

Press Release Number: Docket #: 2:14-cr-270 TLN