Armed drug trafficker sentenced to 15 years prison

CLOVIS, Calif. - FRESNO, Calif. — United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii sentenced Robert Cervantes, 45, of Clovis, to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl and Clovis Police Chief Janet Davis.

According to court documents, in March and April 2011, during a three-month investigation, Cervantes sold multiple ounces of methamphetamine to a confidential informant. Cervantes told the confidential informant that he was looking to buy a “Glock nine, or a 17 Glock, or a forty cal.”

On July 1, 2011, when Cervantes was arrested, he had in his possession 28 grams of 99.4 percent pure methamphetamine and a loaded Miroku Model Liberty Chief .38-caliber revolver. Cervantes has three prior felony drug convictions.

“Cervantes was a repeat offender and an armed drug dealer,” stated U.S. Attorney Wagner. “Our neighborhoods are safer as a result of this collaborative investigation between federal and local agencies.”

“Drug traffickers and convicted felons who illegally possess firearms are responsible for violent crime and are a threat to our communities,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl. “It is ATF’s priority to take these firearms off our streets and to hold these criminals accountable.”

Clovis Police Chief Janet Davis said: “Cases like this exemplify the partnerships between local and federal law enforcement agencies. Working together, from investigation to prosecution, shows how law enforcement on all levels is committed to eliminate the criminal element.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the ATF and the Clovis Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly A. Sanchez prosecuted the case.

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