BAKERSFIELD, Calif - Three Bakersfield men have been sentenced for their role in an illegal gun and drugs operation.
The ATF has announced that Jeremy Vaughn, Brian Skinner and Anthony Ramos, all of Bakersfield, were sent to Federal prison for shipping guns and drugs from Bakersfield to Florida.
Vaughn, 39, was sentenced to life in prison as an armed career criminal for his leadership role in shipping multiple firearms from California to Florida in conjunction with shipments of methamphetamine.
Skinner, 40; and Ramos, 34; were sentenced to 15 years and 10 years respectively.
On February 13, 2013, federal search warrants were served by ATF Agents in Bakersfield resulting in federal arrests warrants being issued from the Northern District of Florida.
The investigation involved the undercover purchase of firearms and methamphetamine shipped via United States Postal Service and Fed Ex from Bakersfield to Pensacola, Florida.
The search warrants served resulted in the seizure of numerous firearms and methamphetamine.
On April 15, 2013, Vaughn pled guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 500 Grams of methamphetamine; and shipment and transportation of firearms in interstate commerce by a convicted felon.
On April 17, 2013, Ramos pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; and on May 1, 2013, Skinner plead to the same.
This was a collaborative effort between ATF Agents from the Tampa Field Division and the San Francisco Field Division as well as the Bakersfield Police Department.