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District of Nevada

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Former Felon Sentenced To Nearly Nine Years In Prison For Distribution of Cocaine And Possession Of Six Firearms

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A former felon who sold cocaine and possessed six firearms was sentenced today to 105 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada.

Oren Snowden, 29, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty on March 12, to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. He has a prior federal felony conviction in Nevada for felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to three years in prison in 2011. United States District Judge Robert C. Jones presided over the sentencing hearing.

According to court documents, on June 21, 2017, Snowden sold cocaine to an undercover law enforcement officer for $280, at a gas station in Las Vegas. During the execution of a search warrant of his residence, law enforcement recovered six firearms including a Jimenez JA .380 semi-automatic handgun; a Smith and Wesson 10-7 .38 special revolver; a Ruger P345 .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun; a Ruger p950C 9mm semi-automatic handgun; a Bryco T380 .380 caliber; and a Ruger mini 307 .62 caliber semi-automatic rifle with scope. He voluntarily admitted to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detective that he knew what he was doing “on the side” was bad.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation (ICE-HSI) and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexandra Michael and Nadia Ahmed prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime. For more information about PSN, visit www.justice.gov/usao-nv.

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Updated June 15, 2018