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Friday, November 02, 2012
Gang Member Sentenced to 9 Years in Federal Prison for Firearm Violations and Drug Trafficking
LOS ANGELES – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives (ATF) announced today that on Oct 29th a Los Angeles area gang
member who was arrested in 2011 as part of a joint probe involving U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations
(HSI) and ATF into firearms trafficking and narcotic distribution in the Los
Angeles area, was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison for selling
firearms and methamphetamine to an ATF undercover agent.
Felipe Gonzalez, 34, also received 48 months of supervised
release by United States District Judge Gary Klausner, after pleading guilty to
the charges. Gonzalez was a member of the Project Boyz criminal street gang
that is located in the Pacoima area.
"We are very pleased with the sentence this gang
member received for engaging in acts that promote violence in the communities.
This is a classic example of how being in a gang and conducting criminal acts
is a losing situation," said Steven J. Bogdalek, Special Agent in Charge
of ATF‘s Los Angeles Field Division. "I commend the U.S. Attorney‘s Office
and the Special Agents that investigate these gang members to ensure they see
the prison time they deserve."
ATF recognizes the role that firearms play in violent
crimes and pursues an integrated regulatory and enforcement strategy.
Investigative priorities focus on armed violent offenders and career criminals,
narcotics traffickers, narco-terrorists, violent gangs, and domestic and
international arms dealers.