Modesto man pleads guilty in federal gun, drug sales case

07/23/2013 6:38 AM

07/23/2013 6:40 AM

A 60-year-old Modesto man will be sentenced in federal court this fall after pleading guilty to illegally dealing guns and drugs.

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said Dimas Arreola entered the guilty plea Monday.

According to the plea agreement, Arreola admitted that he sold 22 rifles, shotguns and handguns and roughly 70 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant between Nov. 7, 2011 and March 14, 2012.

“Gun traffickers are the primary source of illegal firearms which are tools of the trade for those who engage in criminal activity,” Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a news release. “ATF will continue our effort to prevent the unlawful sales of guns.”

Arreola agreed to forfeit assets that include nearly two dozen guns.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 7. He faces up to 40 years in prison on the drug conviction and five years on the gun charges, with fines of up to $5.2 million.

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