Federal Court Sentences S.F. Man to 10 Years in Prison For Drugs, Guns

Vicente Cruz was caught possessing methamphetamine and a .22 caliber Ruger pistol.

Methamphetamine. (Courtesy Photo)

A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco Wednesday sentenced a local man to 10 years in federal prison for drug and weapon charges, acting United States Attorney Alex G. Tse announced.

Vicente Cruz, 36, from San Francisco, pleaded guilty on Nov. 15, 2017 to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute meth, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, and other related charges. He admitted to possessing and selling more than 55 grams of methamphetamine and selling another 92.9 grams of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

In his plea, Cruz, a convicted felon, also admitted to illegally possessing a .22 caliber Ruger pistol.

Judge Edward M. Chen handed down the sentence on Wednesday, along with a five-year period of supervised release after Cruz is released. Cruz has been in federal custody since entering his guilty plea on Nov. 15, 2017, and will begin serving his sentence immediately.

The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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