Lance William Sigue might still be working Anaheim and Santa Ana streets as a dangerous 28-year-old drug dealer, but his own abject stupidity brought him to the attention of Orange County Sheriff's Department deputies, Anaheim police and ATF agents.
In May 2009, Sigue had been enjoying a brisk business outside the view of law enforcement when he decided it'd be fun to send mail to an an accused drug dealer inmate at the Orange County Jail.
Any idiot--but especially convicted felons like Sigue--knows that deputies inspect all mail.
Nonetheless, he sent the inmate photographs of piles of cash and persons flashing gang signs.
Officers didn't have to work too hard to learn the identity of the person who sent the mail.
Sigue, who was on probation from prison for prior convictions, wrote his name and Santa Ana address on the envelope.
Raids on Sigue's home and vehicle discovered seven grams of methamphetamine, drug dealer equipment, numerous weapons including a shotgun and Glock, ammunition, more than $7,000 in cash and photographs that tied him to the Crips.
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Following a change of pleas, Sigue learned his fate this week at the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.
In hopes of getting the minimum allowable punishment negotiated with federal prosecutors, Sique--a Santa Rosa native--told U.S. District Judge David O. Carter that he is sorry for his crimes, never knew his father and grew up living in poor neighborhoods on welfare.
Carter accepted the deal and now Sigue must serve a 15-year prison sentence.