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Northern District of California

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Union City Man Pleads Guilty to Drugs and Weapons Charges

OAKLAND - Ruben Reynoso pleaded guilty in federal court in Oakland yesterday to four counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine, and being an alien in possession of ammunition, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.

In pleading guilty, Reynoso admitted that in October of 2012 and again in January of 2013, he sold 17 grams methamphetamine out of his residence located on the 600 block of E Street in Union City, California. He further admitted that on the date of his arrest, April 4, 2013, he possessed with the intent to distribute additional methamphetamine and cocaine. Reynoso also admitted to possessing a Lorcin L380 .380 caliber pistol, with a loaded magazine as well as additional .380 caliber ammunition. The pistol was found under the bed in his bedroom and the additional ammunition was found in the closet of the same room in his residence in Union City. Finally, Reynoso admitted that he is an alien, illegally and unlawfully in the United States.

Reynoso, 40 years old, a Mexican citizen, was indicted by a federal Grand Jury on April 18, 2013. He was charged with four counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine, and being an alien in possession of ammunition, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B)(viii), (b)(1)(C), and 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5)(A). Under the plea agreement, Reynoso pleaded guilty to all counts.

Reynoso has been in continuous federal custody since April 4, 2013.

The sentencing of Reynoso is scheduled for October 16, 2013, before The Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton, U.S. District Court Judge, in Oakland. The maximum statutory penalty for the violations are as follows:

For each count of violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(B)(viii):
a. Maximum prison term 40 years
b. Minimum mandatory prison term 5 years
c. Maximum fine $5,000,000
d. Maximum supervised release term Life
e. Minimum supervised release term 4 years

 

For a violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C):
a. Maximum prison term 20 years
b. Maximum fine $1,000,000
c. Maximum supervised release term Life
d. Minimum supervised release term 3 years

 

For a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5)(A):
a. Maximum prison term 10 years
b. Maximum fine $250,000
c. Maximum supervised release term 3 years

Any sentence following conviction, however, is imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

The prosecution is the result of a ten-month investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force.

 

 

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Updated November 18, 2014