A Mexican citizen–who lived in an Anaheim apartment, served as a shot caller for the Wicked Minds criminal street gang and sold drugs for a living–will serve 37 months in a federal prison.
U.S. District Court Judge Josephine Staton Tucker punished Jose De Jesus Rangel-Toledo this month inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse after Placentia and Anaheim police officers conducted a February search warrant.
The raid of the North Dresden Place apartment recovered nine zip-lock bags containing methamphetamine, drug sales equipment, 370 rounds of ammunition, a loaded Smith and Wesson revolver, a Norinco SKS assault rifle and a loaded, sawed-off, 20-gauge shotgun as well as gang memorabilia.
Local police alerted federal authorities at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about Rangel-Toledo's case and the U.S. Department of Justice pursued charges against “Chunky,” the 29-year-old hoodlum's gang moniker.
Because the defendant admitted guilt prior to a trial, a federal prosecutor recommended he received the low-end of punishment from sentencing guidelines that called for a prison term range of between 37 and 46 months.
Rangel-Toledo remains locked this morning inside the Santa Ana Jail and is awaiting his transfer to prison, according to jail records.