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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Illegal alien sentenced to 20 years for trafficking guns and methamphetamine

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Eduardo Estrada Medina, a/k/a Miguel Angel Donis-Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years in prison for trafficking firearms and methamphetamine.  Medina, a citizen of Guatemala, illegally re-entered the U.S. after being deported, purchased several weapons and trafficked in methamphetamine.

“Medina was previously deported in 2013 as a result of his drug offenses, but returned to the U.S. to continue trafficking drugs and guns,” said U. S. Attorney Byung J. Pak.  “The illegal drug business and guns are frequent companions in crime, but we will continue to relentlessly pursue criminals like Medina who blatantly disregard our laws and threaten our communities with these kind of criminal activities.”

“This sentence is a direct message to criminals that ATF will not allow egregious violations of our laws to go unpunished,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge John Schmidt of the ATF Atlanta Field Division. “If you traffic guns and drugs, you will be targeted, and we will ensure that you are prosecuted and removed from our streets.”

According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges, and other information presented in court: On June 6, 2017, Medina was arrested at his residence when ATF agents observed him take possession of a firearm that was transferred to him by an individual the agents knew to be prohibited from possessing firearms.  The agents obtained and executed a federal search warrant at Medina’s residence, finding 8.8 kilograms of methamphetamine, $160,000 cash, a heat sealer, a money counter, three ledgers, baggies, scales, phones, and eight guns in his bedroom.  Medina was deported in January 2013 after he was convicted of drug trafficking.  He then illegally re-entered the U.S.

Eduardo Estrada Medina, a/k/a Miguel Angel Donis-Gonzalez, 29, of Winder, Georgia was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release on May 21, 2018. Medina pleaded guilty on February 28, 2018 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer Keen and Stephanie Gabay-Smith prosecuted the case.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta recommends that parents and children learn about the dangers of drugs at the following web site: www.justthinktwice.gov

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated May 23, 2018