Hanford Man, Rafael Sanchez Sentenced to More Than 7 Years in Prison for Orchestrating Firearms Trafficking Ring
FRESNO, CA (STL.News) Rafael Sanchez, Jr., 41, of Hanford, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd to seven years and three months in prison for orchestrating a large-scale firearms trafficking ring, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, between April 2016 and March 2018, while residing in Hanford, Sanchez identified firearms available for purchase in Tennessee with the assistance of various co-conspirators residing there. Sanchez transferred money to the Tennessee co-conspirators, who used the money to purchase, package and ship the firearms to Sanchez in California. With the assistance of others, Sanchez identified California-based purchasers and offered to sell and sold to them the firearms he received from the Tennessee co-conspirators. Neither Sanchez nor the six charged co-conspirators were licensed to deal or import firearms, and Sanchez was prohibited from possessing firearms because of a pior felony conviction in Kings County Superior Court for assault with a deadly weapon.
Five other defendants charged in the case have been convicted and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment and probation, including Alexis Sanchez, of Kettleman City, Veronica Ramirez, of Lemoore, and Tennessee residents Victor Luna, Ashley Sanchez and Elvia Sanchez.