A Sacramento man prohibited from purchasing or possessing guns in California has been sentenced to prison for trafficking in firearms.
U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. today sentenced Dejon Andrade, 27, to 15 months in prison for unlawful dealing in firearms and a concurrent sentence of 15 months for illegal transportation of firearms acquired outside his state of residency, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
According to court documents, Andrade was prohibited from purchasing or possessing guns in California because of a probation condition, but he was able to use a Nevada ID to buy firearms in Reno by providing false information on his federal firearm purchase paperwork, authorities said.
Between Nov. 4, 2012, and Jan. 20, 2013, Andrade purchased nine handguns during five separate transactions with a gun dealer in Reno, then transported those firearms to Sacramento. Andrade sold five of the firearms without a license to do so, authorities said.
On Feb. 11, 2013, the Elk Grove Police Department recovered a Ruger, Model P94, .40-caliber pistol from a suspect who was arrested after leading police officers on vehicle and foot pursuits, according to court documents. While trying to run from officers, the suspect, a validated gang member, discarded the firearm he had been carrying.
A subsequent records check revealed that the firearm, which police recovered, had been purchased by Andrade on Jan. 15, 2013, in Reno.
The case is the result of a joint investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the Sacramento Police Department.
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