Modesto man gets 151 months in prison on gun, drug charges

local@modbee.comJuly 1, 2013 

— A Modesto man was sentenced to 151 months in prison Monday in U.S. District Court in Fresno for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

On Aug. 13, California Highway Patrol officers saw Jaime Ornelas, 39, driving on Crows Landing Road in Modesto at high speed, according to court documents.

They saw him stop the car in a driveway, and they pulled in behind him. Ornelas ran from the car and then struggled with the officer who caught up with him, injuring the officer.

Ornelas dropped a loaded and stolen pistol during the chase.

On Oct. 14, Ceres police officers responded to a report that a man was passed out in a car in the drive-through lane of a Foster's Freeze restaurant. Officers responded and found Ornelas behind the wheel.

They awoke him, determined his identity and learned that he was on parole. They searched Ornelas and the car and found nearly $300 in cash and a sheet with names and numbers in his pocket, a black bag with about 34 grams of methamphetamine, 2 grams of heroin, marijuana and a grocery bag with a loaded 9 mm pistol.

Ornelas has seven prior felony convictions since 1995 for a variety of controlled substance offenses, including drug-trafficking offenses, and infliction of corporal injury on a spouse or co-habitant.

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