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Source: US State of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a 10-count indictment today against Michael Garcia, 32; Nancy Garcia, 31; Gonzalo Garcia, 55; and Tylor Combs, 40, all of Sacramento, charging them with narcotics and firearms offenses, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, while serving a sentence for narcotics offenses at the Tulare County Jail, Michael Garcia conspired with his wife Nancy Garcia and his father Gonzalo Garcia to sell methamphetamine and heroin in Sacramento and Solano counties.

Once out of custody, Michael Garcia continued the conspiracy to sell narcotics. In addition, Michael Garcia set up a deal with Combs to sell firearms to another person. Both men were present at this deal, which involved ten firearms, including an unserialized machine gun. As a previously convicted felons, both Michael Garcia and Combs are prohibited from possessing a firearm. Combs is charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession with intent to sell heroin and methamphetamine.

This case is the product of an investigation by the FBI’s Solano County Violent Crimes Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrian T. Kinsella is prosecuting the case.

If convicted of the narcotics offenses, each defendant faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. If convicted of the firearms offenses, Michael Garcia and Tylor Combs each face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to www.justice.gov/psn.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see www.justice.gov/projectguardian.

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