Friday, March 29, 2013

Drug Trafficker Linked to Hells Angels Sentenced to 21 Years

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that David Raymond Garcia, a methamphetamine dealer and associate of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to serve 262 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. At today’s hearing, U.S. District Judge Marilyn L. Huff also sentenced Jason Scanlon, another methamphetamine supplier charged in the case, to serve 188 months in custody. These two defendants were prosecuted as part of an FBI Violent Crimes Task Force investigation that ultimately resulted in 36 defendants being charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
According to court documents and information provided at the sentencing hearing by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew G. Schopler, Garcia supplied drugs to or employed at least 20 co-defendants (and Scanlon at least four co-defendants) during the course of the investigation into methamphetamine trafficking and violent crimes committed by the San Diego Chapter of the Hells Angels and their criminal partners. Court documents also show that Garcia and co-defendant Michael Ottinger, Jr., the Sergeant-at-Arms for the Hells Angels, used violent force and intimidation to control the methamphetamine trade in San Diego. On December 3, 2012, Judge Huff sentenced Ottinger for his role in the methamphetamine conspiracy to serve 262 months in federal prison. Ottinger still faces murder charges in state court relating to the 2010 murder of a rival member of the Mongols motorcycle gang.
U.S. District Judge Marilyn L. Huff found both Garcia and Scanlon to be career offenders under federal law. This offense is Garcia’s ninth felony conviction, including eight drug felonies and one felony for forging an access card to commit fraud. Scanlon now has ten felony convictions, including eight drug felonies, one felony for receiving stolen property, and one felony for evading a peace officer.
United States Attorney Duffy stated, “Individuals involved in the drug trade not only proliferate the spread of dangerous narcotics in our society, but they also destabilize our communities with violence and related criminal activities. Our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners on the task force have done the San Diego community a great service by taking these dangerous offenders off the street.”
Defendants Case Number: 10CR5016-H
David Raymond Garcia, Age: 43
Jason Alex Scanlon, Age: 42
Summary of Charges
Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine-Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846
Federal Bureau of Investigation
San Diego Police Department
San Diego County Probation Department
Oceanside Police Department
National City Police Department
Chula Vista Police Department
San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
Summary of Sentences in Criminal Case: 10cr5016-H
Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine-Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846
Michael Edward Ottinger, Jr. 262 months
David Raymond Garcia 262 months
Martin Francisco Moreno 120 months
Hugo Gomez Flores 120 months
Rory Cruz Flanigan 70 months
Jason Alex Scanlon 188 months
Eduardo Andres Sarquiz 41 months
Juan Antonio Mendez 115 months
William Manuel Castellano 92 months
Daniel Joseph Seiler 87 months
Cynthia Marie Stephan 78 months
Matthew Joseph Mooney 84 months
Darrel Lee Cooper 60 months
Robert Blaine Hodges 48 months
Mercedes Ciara Nina Cornejo 77 months
Bruce Kevin Lambert 70 months
Jason Michael Bradford 60 months
Douglas Edward Witcher 63 months
Phalen Farber 40 months
Derek Ralph Low 77 months
Mary Elizabeth Saber 92 months
Anthony James Medvec 30 months
Andre Guy Almeraz 46 months

Summary of sentences for illegal use of a communication facility to facilitate meth trafficking-Title 21, United States Code, Section 843(b):
Martin Thomas Forschner: 30 months
Patrick James Haggerty: 46 months
Law enforcement continues to seek the public’s assistance in locating fugitive defendant Ernesto Verdugo, Jr. Anyone with information regarding this fugitive may contact the FBI at (858) 565-1255.

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