A man convicted of trafficking firearms throughout the region has been sentenced to a decade in prison, the District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
According to a release from U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner’s office, 25-year-old Modesto resident Jose Jesus Reyes-Gallaga Vargas was sentenced to 10 years in prison for convictions of dealing firearms without a license and dealing meth.
Vargas was caught, according to court documents, after he sold a police informant several ounces of meth in the Manteca and Stockton areas.
Further, Vargas also sold the informant six weapons – including a stolen rifle and an AK-47.
Vargas was never a licensed firearms dealer, prosecutors noted. Further, Vargas is noted to be in the country illegally.
“Gun traffickers are the primary source and supply of guns arming criminals in our streets,” said Joseph M. Riehl, ATF Special Agent in Charge, San Francisco Field Division, in a press release.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives notes that gun traffickers are a priority target for prosecution.