Piña Charged with Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

Piña Charged with Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

Man on Probation for Fresno County Second Degree Robbery Conviction, Fausto Piña Charged Federally with Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

FRESNO, CA (STL.News) A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment today against Fausto Piña, 31, a Mexican national residing in Fresno, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, after Piña was arrested on outstanding warrants, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at his apartment.  That search yielded 97.17 pounds (41.8 kilograms) of methamphetamine, 2.42 pounds (1.1 kilograms) of cocaine, 1.3 pounds (.58 kilograms) of heroin, three firearms, loaded and unloaded large capacity magazines, and ammunition.  A search of Piña’s person and vehicle yielded nearly $24,000 in cash.  Because Piña is a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Multi?Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC), and the Fresno Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Massey is prosecuting the case.

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