Orange County Dealer Of Sawed-Off Shotguns, Rifles & Ammo Earns Huge Prison Term

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I don't need no stinking gun sales license
On July 10, 2012, notorious Orange County gangster Ralph Castaneda with a fellow hoodlum and a customer conducted an Anaheim alley meeting that resulted in the illegal, $750 sale of a Ruger M77 bolt-action rifle as well as a Duffle bag loaded with ammunition.

Days later Castaneda sold the same buyer three sawed-off shotguns for $1,000.

Because the Eastside Anaheim gangster didn't realize the buyer worked for law enforcement, the process repeated a week later when Castaneda sold a 12-gauge Mossberg pump-action shotgun and a Norinco semi-automatic rifle for $1,200.

Triple oops.

Last week inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, Castaneda's defense lawyer hoped U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford would partially ignore his client's 25-year, criminal history that included cocaine sales, assault with a firearm, street terrorism, lying to police, possession of narcotics, DUI, numerous parole violations and a drive-by shooting.

Castaneda is a longtime drug addict who grew up on welfare without meaningful parental guidance, but Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Keenan believed this defendant's repeated trips to prison hadn't made a strong enough impression to drive him from a life of crime and recommended a 110-month punishment.

Guilford agreed.

It's a serious crime for a convicted felon--especially a gang member--to possess any weapon.

The 41-year-old Castaneda is presently serving his sentence inside the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles.

He'll undergo supervised probation for three years when he emerges back into society about nine years from now and, per Guilford's order, is permanently banned from associating again with the Eastside Anaheim gang or wearing their "emblems, badges, buttons, caps, hats, jackets [or] shoes."

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rosalindaanaya
rosalindaanaya

For the record ralph may be a lot of things but a "cholo" isn't one... Unfortunately he was living the lifestyle he was use to, one that is very hard to get out of when it seems to be all u know. I'm not saying the guy wasn't at fault for being stupid but I speak from personal knowledge when I say he wasn't trying to make a career of his criminal activity so much as trying to get by and hoping to catch a break and get to a place where he'd have the means to help turn things around. Unfortunately things didn't work out that way and as deserving as many of u may think he is of the 9 yr sentence found suitable for his stupidity please before passing judgment keep in mind we all have a story to tell and no one is perfect...

brownout
brownout

Three sawed-off shotguns for $1,000. A grand is a fair price for three low-to-midrange shotguns and a hacksaw. I don't get why the guy would commit the extra felony when it's so easy to do yourself.

Brayden Mills
Brayden Mills

DUI and then a drive by, in the same category...society needs to get its shit together

FFO1939
FFO1939

Cholos are a nuissance to society! They are to be terminated. I wonder if the City of Anaheim offer cholo hunting permits. I would apply for one. 

RachelKnott
RachelKnott

These are the types that should be harassed and imprisoned, not those who carry guns legally.

Nancy Keeler
Nancy Keeler

These are the types that should be harassed and imprisoned. Not citizens legally carrying guns.

BBAIN
BBAIN

A Ruger bolt action rifle and a Mossberg 590?  You can buy that stuff at Big 5 for crying out loud.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

"What in the Wide Wide World of Sports is going on here?!!"

JohnnyDiablo
JohnnyDiablo

"...12-gauge Mossberg pump-action shotgun and a Norinco semi-automatic rifle for $1,200"


Cops are the only people who will pay $1,200 for that shit.  Dude should have known he was being set up.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@RachelKnott  

I agree with you. I'm much more dubious about the intentions of someone who buys a random weapon off a street thug than a person who obtains a license and purchases a gun legally.

brownout
brownout

@BBAIN And for about the same prices, from the sound of it.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@BBAIN It's a cholo we're dealing with here—you really think they're going to have any logic in them?

rosalindaanaya
rosalindaanaya

Altho he may not have add the smartest decision he really wasn't just some idiot cholo

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

Yeah, who's to say he was a cholo! He could just be some idiot.

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