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United States of America v. Sergio Lopez de Tirado
Judge: Fernando M. Olguin
Court: United States District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Reema M. El-Amamy
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Los Angeles, CA - The United States of America charged Sergio Lopez de Tirado with possession of unregisterd firearms, silencers and a hand grenade.
A California lawyer and former Rialto Police officer was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for possessing unregistered firearms, silencers and a hand grenade inside his pickup truck during a law enforcement stop.
Sergio Lopez de Tirado, 44, of Corona, was sentenced by United States District Judge Fernando M. Olguin after he pleaded guilty in April 2019 to one count of possession of unregistered firearms and a destructive device.
On December 21, 2018, law enforcement found Lopez de Tirado asleep and apparently intoxicated in the passenger’s seat of a pickup truck that was parked with its doors wide open and blocking a driveway in Norco.
Upon searching the vehicle, law enforcement found two unregistered firearm silencers, including one that was attached to a semiautomatic rifle; an unregistered 9mm semiautomatic short-barreled rifle; and an unregistered hand grenade.
Law enforcement also found high-capacity magazines, ammunition, knives, a baton, brass knuckles, a Kevlar military-style helmet, and small bags containing marijuana and methamphetamine. That same evening, officers located enough bomb-making materials inside Lopez de Tirado’s home to construct several more homemade bombs.
Lopez de Tirado admitted in his plea agreement that he had not registered the short-barrel rifle, the silencers or the hand grenade with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Inland Empire Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Substantial assistance was provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the Rialto Police Department, the Corona Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol.
21:963 - CONSPIRACY TO IMPORT CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
21:846 - CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
21:841(a)(1),(b)(1))(A) - POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE 500 GRAMS OR MORE OF METHAMPHETAMINE; 18:2 - AIDING AND ABETTING
21:841(a)(1),(b)(1)(C) - POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE METHOXYACETYL FENTANYL, 18:2 - AIDING AND ABETTING
21:856(a)(2) - MAINTAINING A DRUG INVOLVED PREMISES
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 24 months' in prison.