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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced To Six Years In Prison

SAN FRANCISCO – David Perez Hernandez was sentenced today to six years in prison for possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and using, carrying, or possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.  The sentence follows a guilty plea entered September 15, 2016, in which Hernandez admitted he possessed with the intent to distribute the methamphetamine and used or carried a firearm during and in relation to the drug trafficking crime.

According to the plea agreement, Hernandez, 20, of San Francisco, admitted that on March 3, 2016, he possessed about 6.8 kilograms of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine.  Further, Hernandez acknowledged he possessed a handgun in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime.  On July 5, 2016, a federal grand jury indicted Hernandez, charging him with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C), and one count of using, carrying, or possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c). 

The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Richard Seeborg, U.S. District Judge.  In addition to the prison term, Judge Seeborg ordered Hernandez to serve a three-year period of supervised release.  The defendant has been in federal custody since his arrest in July and will begin serving his sentence immediately.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Gilbert is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Marina Ponomarchuk and MK Swartsfager. This case is the product of an investigation by the FBI. 

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 14, 2017