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Walnut Grove man sentenced to 7 years for selling guns and drugs to undercover officers

A Walnut Grove man was sentenced in federal court Friday to seven years in prison for distributing crystal methamphetamine, conspiring to deal in firearms without a license and other related crimes, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.

Donnie Yingling, 48, will also be required to serve five years of supervised release once his prison term is completed, the release said.

Yingling and his co-defendant, Ronald Ahart, arranged to sell firearms via telephone March 21 to an individual who they didn’t realize was an undercover officer, the release said. They met with and sold five firearms without a license to undercover officers March 22 for $4,340, as well as another six firearms for $7,000 the following day.

In April 2017, Yingling was also caught selling more than 54 grams of methamphetamine to undercover officers for $600, the release said. After being indicted by a grand jury in July, Yingling was facing six felony charges before eventually opting to take a a plea deal in August.

Yingling pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to deal firearms and one count of dealing firearms without a license, as well as a drug distribution charge, the release said. The rest of the charges were dropped.

Ahart also pleaded guilty in August to his part in the gun distribution conspiracy and to being a felon in possession in firearms, the release said. He was sentenced in November to almost four years in prison and three years of supervised release.

If you have any information about any of these people, please call 800-222-7463.

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