Vallejo Man Indicted for Possessing Cocaine for Distribution and Carrying a Firearm During a Drug-Trafficking Crime
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment today against Andres Leonardo Melgarejo, 26, of Vallejo, charging him with possessing cocaine for distribution, possessing a firearm as a felon, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, on December 4, 2017, Vallejo Police officers stopped Melgarejo for a traffic violation and found that he was driving on a suspended license. A search of the vehicle revealed powder cocaine, marijuana, and a Glock .40-caliber pistol. The pistol was fully loaded with an extended magazine and a round in the chamber. Melgarejo cannot lawfully possess firearms because he has previously been convicted of a felony offense.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Vallejo Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Solano County Violent Crimes Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy H. Delgado is prosecuting the case.
If convicted of possessing cocaine for distribution, Melgarejo faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. If convicted of possessing a firearm as a felon, Melgarejo faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, Melgarejo faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence would be determined at the discretion of the district court after considering any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.