MODESTO, Calif. -
A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Banipal Bedjan, 45, of Modesto, with two counts of possession of Oxycodone for purposes of distribution and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
The indictment alleges that Bedjan possessed Oxycodone for purposes of distribution on January 23 and April 29, 2013, and that he possessed three firearms.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Modesto Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Frye is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Bedjan faces a maximum statutory penalty for possession of Oxycodone for purposes of distribution of 20 years in prison, and a maximum sentence for possession of a firearm by a felon of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.