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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 15, 2019

Federal-State Law Enforcement Partnership Results In Multiple Arrests In South Bay Counties

SAN FRANCISCO – Officials from over a dozen law enforcement agencies arrested and charged more than two dozen defendants with a variety of state and federal crimes pursuant to a joint federal-state effort to combat crime in South Bay counties, announced U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) San Francisco Field Division Special Agent in Charge Rayfield Roundtree.

The investigation was spearheaded by the ATF.  The agency coordinated operations with the U.S. Marshal Service; the Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office; the San Joaquin County Sherriff’s Office; the California Department of Corrections; the California Highway Patrol; and the police departments of Redwood City, San Mateo, San Francisco, and Daly City to arrest and charge the defendants.  In addition to the arrests, law enforcement officials seized more than 130 firearms, 39 pounds of methamphetamine, and about 20 pounds of marijuana over the course of the operation.

“Guns and drugs are a dangerous combination,” said U.S. Attorney Anderson. “Public safety demands the kind of law enforcement cooperation we see in this enforcement action.”

“Combating violent crime is at the core of ATF’s mission and we stand at the frontline of eradicating violent crime from our streets,” said Special Agent in Charge Ray Roundtree, San Francisco Field Division, ATF.  “It is our duty to make this community a safer place for you and your families.  This operation was years in the making. Years ago, ATF and the San Mateo County Gang Intelligence Unit began laying the foundation for the culmination you see here today. We believe that one firearm in the hand of a criminal or prohibited person is one firearm too many. The work you see here today is about making neighborhoods safer because to us the most important thing is that you and your loved ones make it home safely every day. Today ATF and our partners stand united in honoring that promise to you. Through everyone’s hard work and dedication, this large-scale operation has been a true success. These are also our neighborhoods and today they are a safer place.” 

The defendants have been charged with a variety of state and federal crimes.  The defendants charged with federal crimes include the following:

Name

Age/Residence

Charges

Maximum Statutory Sentence

Francisco Garibay

21, South San Francisco

Distribution of fifty grams and more of methampheta-mine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B)(viii)

(two counts)

 

40 years in prison and a $5 million fine, per count

Jonathan Flores

20, San Mateo

Distribution of fifty grams and more of methampheta-mine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B)(viii)

(two counts)

 

40 years in prison and a $5 million fine

Vladimir Magallan- Gallegos

26, Modesto

Possession with intent to distribute fifty grams and more of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(l)(B)(viii)

 

40 years in prison and a $5 million fine

Jonathan Robert Figueroa

25, Redwood City

Conspiracy to deal firearms without a license, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371;

 

Dealing firearms without a license and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(a)(1)(A) and 2

5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, per count

Erizondo Mora-Tapia

25, East Palo Alto

Conspiracy to deal firearms without a license, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371;

 

Dealing firearms without a license and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(a)(1)(A) and 2

5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, per count

Jesus Antonio Tapia

19, Sunnyvale

Conspiracy to deal firearms without a license, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371;

 

Dealing firearms without a license and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(a)(1)(A) and 2;

 

Possession of an unregistered firearm, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d)

5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

 

5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

 

 

10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine

Hernan Padilla- Landa

25, Tracy

Conspiracy to deal firearms without a license, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371;

 

Dealing firearms without a license and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(a)(1)(A) and 2;

 

Possession of a firearm with a removed serial number, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(k)

5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

 

5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

 

 

10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

William Alexis-Villa  

22, Menlo Park

Conspiracy to deal firearms without a license, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371;

 

Dealing firearms without a license and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(a)(1)(A) and 2;

 

Possession of a machine gun and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(o) and 2;

 

Possession of an unregistered firearm, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d)

(two counts)

 

5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

 

5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

 

 

10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

 

 

10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, per count

Francisco Nunez-Nepita

 

21, East Palo Alto

Conspiracy to deal firearms without a license, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371;

 

Dealing in firearms without a license and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(a)(1)(A) and 2;

 

Possession of a machine gun and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(o), and 2

5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

 

5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

 

 

10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

Erik Acevedo-Cruz

 

 

19, Fremont

Conspiracy to deal firearms without a license, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371;

 

Dealing firearms without a license and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(a)(1)(A) and 2;

 

Possession of an unregistered firearm, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d)

5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

 

5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

 

 

10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine

Jaime Avina Barajas

19, East Palo Alto

Possession of a machine gun and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(o) and 2;

 

Possession of an unregistered firearm, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d)

10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

 

 

10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine

Noe Robledo-Lopez, Jr.,

 

19, Redwood City

Possession of an unregistered firearm, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d)

10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine

Jose Buenrostro

30, Redwood City

Conspiring to deal firearms without a license and dealing firearms without a license, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371 and 922(a)(1)(A);

 

Felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1);

 

Conspiring to distribute or possess with intent to distribute, and distributing or possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams and more of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a), (b)(1)(B)(viii), and 846

5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, per count

 

 

 

10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

 

 

40 years in prison and a $5 million fine

Cristian Rafael Morales

23, San Mateo

Distribution of methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C)

20 years in prison and a $1 million fine

Mario Carlos

24, Cottonwood

Felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)

10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

Daniel Zaragoza

32, Oakland

Felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)

10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine

 

The indictments merely allege that crimes have been committed, and each defendant must be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  These prosecutions are the result of investigations by the ATF in coordination with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Additional assistance was provided by the U.S. Marshal Service; the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office; San Joaquin County Sherriff’s Office; the California Department of Corrections; the California Highway Patrol; and the police departments of Redwood City, San Mateo, San Francisco, and Daly City.  
 

 

Updated November 15, 2019