A man in California was recently accused of engaging in criminal activity involving drugs and weapons. According to authorities, the drug crime he committed involved dealing heroin, whereas the weapon crimes involved manufacturing machine guns and then selling those guns illegally. The U.S. Department of Justice brought these federal charges against the man on a recent Thursday.
According to the DOJ, the 39-year-old man sold many firearms to government agents. These undercover agents came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agencies reported that they covertly bought 19 firearms from the man during a period of multiple months last year. These firearms allegedly included ones that were fully automatic and that the man had developed on his own.
Because the man had previously been convicted of drug dealing, he was prohibited from having any firearms. In addition, he reportedly had no license to sell or manufacture these weapons. Police said he therefore should not have been marketing or building them.
Being charged with a drug crime or a weapons crime can be intimidating, potentially leading to imprisonment and fines and thus negatively impacting a defendant's personal and professional life. However, anyone accused of committing these types of crimes is always presumed innocent until and unless prosecutors can prove the charges in court and beyond a reasonable doubt. An attorney in California can analyze a client's case in an effort to pinpoint areas of weakness and work toward getting charges either reduced or dismissed.
Source: freebeacon.com, "DOJ Charges California Felon With Dealing Heroin, Illegally Building and Selling Machine Guns", Stephen Gutowski, May 14, 2017