Marijuana Smell at Hotel Leads to Bad News for Young OC Gangster

At around 2:30 a.m. in March 2017, three uniformed Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) officers noticed suspicious activity—including the potent smell of burning marijuana—at a motel known as a regular criminal street gang hangout and investigated. 

Unfortunately for Alan Giovanni Batalla, he ran face to face into the cops, became argumentative but eventually followed commands.

Worse for Batalla, who has been a member of the Mexican Mafia-associated F-Troop gang and answered to the moniker “Big Bear,” he was at the time carrying 16 grams of methamphetamine packaged for sale and a well-used glass smoking pipe, according to an FBI task force report. 

Even worse, the SAPD officers saw a large bulge in his pants: a loaded handgun.

Noting the defendant’s age at the time of the offenses (around 18), his pre-trial guilty plea, his close relationship with his mother, drug use issues and post-arrest rehabilitation efforts, the U.S. Probation Office recommended a prison term of 84 months, which was the low end sentencing guidelines.

Batalla, who grew up after the age of six without a father, hoped for an incarceration term of no more than 60 months, a stance advocated by federal prosecutors inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse. 

This month, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna, a lifetime appointee to the bench by President George W. Bush, announced a punishment of 81 months in prison. When Batalla emerges, he’ll undergo formal supervised probation for five more years. 

The judge also recommended his inclusion in a well-respected 500-hour anti-drug use prison program. 

Batalla is currently housed at a medium-security federal prison in Victorville.

2 Replies to “Marijuana Smell at Hotel Leads to Bad News for Young OC Gangster”

  1. News flash – smoking marijuana is still illegal in public, while driving, or anywhere else smoking is illegal – like in a hotel lol.

  2. This sentence will save his life,as well as other meth users…it’s all lased with fentanyl. And having a gun- pure thug! Good riddance, thats what happens to people who won’t change!

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