Powered by LawFuel – LOS ANGELES – A California lawyer practising in Orange County was arrested today on a federal grand jury indictment charging her with conspiring to sell firearms without a license and distributing methamphetamine.
Melinda Romines, 41, of Anaheim, was taken into federal custody this morning. She is expected to make her initial court appearance this afternoon in United States District Court in Los Angeles.
Romines has been charged with one count of conspiracy to engage in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, one count of possession of an unregistered firearm, and two counts of distributing methamphetamine.
According to the indictment returned last week, Romines – who does not have federal firearms license issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) – found firearms available for purchase from black market firearms dealers. She then acted as a broker between the black market dealers and customers, ultimately buying the firearms from the dealers and then re-selling them to customers, the indictment alleges.
For example, in a Los Angeles parking lot in May 2018, Romines allegedly sold two firearms – a .40-caliber pistol and an AR-type .45-caliber rifle, both lacking serial numbers – as well as a silencer and a high-capacity magazine with approximately 20 rounds of ammunition in a transaction that netted her $2,600. In October 2018, in another Los Angeles parking lot, she sold a .45-caliber pistol and ammunition to a buyer for $900, the indictment alleges.
Romines also allegedly sold nearly a quarter-pound of methamphetamine in two transactions in October and November 2018.
A second defendant named in the indictment – Seaira Benson, a.k.a. “Relli,” 27, of Los Angeles – is been charged along with Romines with one count of distributing approximately 111 grams of methamphetamine. Authorities are currently seeking Benson.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The ATF investigated this case, which was conducted with the support of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).
This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Brittney M. Harris of the International Narcotics, Money Laundering, and Racketeering Section and Rachel N. Agress of the General Crimes Section.
Release No. 20-023
More Headlines From LawFuel
- The Racy, Risque Lambo Plate That Caused Offence For a Colourful Barrister Who Won His Battle . . Again“I resent anyone who’s trying to violate my freedom of speech and expression.“ For high profile Australian barrister Peter Lavac a Lambo laugh […]
- Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2021 recognizes 41 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyersThe number of lawyers at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (‘Freshfields’) recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2021 has increased from 35 in 2020 to an impressive […]
- The Latham & Watkins Partners Who Made the CRAINS Notable Women in Law ListCrain’s Chicago Business has named Chicago partners Mary Rose Alexander, Cathy Birkeland, Caroline Reckler, and Terra Reynolds to its 2020 Notable Women in Law […]
- Charles Manson’s ‘Disruptive’ Attorney Irving Kanarek Dies. Charles Lives Still At A Secure AddressThe lawyer who defended Charles Manson has died at age 100. Irving Kanarek (pictured above in 1970) defended the cult killer Manson whose […]
- 6 Ways For Law Firms To Become Social Media InfluencersNowadays, like any business, law firms are looking for ways to grow their number of followers, and get a growing viewership on social […]
- The Lawyers Deciding the On-The-Water America’s Cup ChallengesReports recently outlined the three lawyers who can make or break an America’s Cup challenge, one of the most litigious sporting events in […]
- Why Linklaters Says It Is Benefiting from Having Lawyers Working From HomeMagic circle law firm Linklaters, who employ over 2000 lawyers globally, has said that its lawyers could spend up to half their time […]
- The Odd Tale of the Scarface Oligarch, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, The Mansion and Chapman TrippJohn Bowie* Fasten your seat belts. I always enjoyed the movie ‘Scarface’, despite some of the eye-averted violence, but whatever way you look […]
- The Women Disappointed in Meghan & Harry’s Choice of LA’s ‘Scarface Oligarch’ MansionThe Women Disappointed in Scarface Oligarch’s sale of mansion to Meghan and Harry