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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Reno Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Selling Methamphetamine And Heroin

RENO, Nev. – LeCharles Edward Baldon Sr. was sentenced Monday to 184 months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine and heroin in the Reno area, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada, Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI Las Vegas Division, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel W. Neill for the DEA Las Vegas office.

Baldon pleaded guilty in May to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. United States District Judge Larry R. Hicks presided over the sentencing hearing.

Between November 18, 2016 and January 17, 2017, Baldon possessed and distributed 339.74 grams of pure methamphetamine and 91.73 grams of heroin in the Reno area. Specifically, on November 18, 2016, Baldon sold heroin to an individual at the Winco Foods parking lot. Then, during three separate drug transactions in December, he sold heroin and methamphetamine to an individual at a Target parking lot and Winco Foods parking lot. On January 17, 2017, task force agents executed search warrants on Baldon’s residence and storage unit. During execution of the warrants, law enforcement recovered methamphetamine and heroin, a firearm, and two scales (which are known to law enforcement to aid in the distributions of narcotics).

Baldon is a multi-convicted felon. He has previously been convicted of carjacking and robbery in California, and has two additional convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The case was investigated by the Northern Nevada Safe Streets Task Force and the DEA. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Rachow prosecuted the case.

Led by the FBI, the Northern Nevada Safe Streets Task Force pursues violent gangs through sustained, proactive, coordinated investigations to obtain prosecutions on violations such as racketeering, drug conspiracy, and firearms violations. The Safe Streets Task Force concept expands cooperation and communication among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, increasing productivity and avoiding duplication of investigative efforts.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN. For more information about PSN, visit www.justice.gov/usao-nv.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated October 16, 2018