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SAN FRANCISCO – LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – United States Attorney Scott N. Schools announced that Jose Ismael Serrano was convicted yesterday by a federal jury of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. The jury, after deliberating for just over two days, found that the defendant possessed 20 individually wrapped rocks of crack cocaine for sale. The jury was not able to reach a unanimous verdict on charges that the defendant unlawfully possessed a firearm and ammunition, and that he possessed the firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime of which he was convicted. The guilty verdict followed a three-day jury trial before U.S. District Court Judge William H. Alsup. This conviction is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the San Francisco Police Department.

Evidence at trial showed that on January 31, 2007, Mr. Serrano, 25, of Richmond, was carrying 20 individually wrapped rocks of crack cocaine in San Francisco’s Franklin Square Park at the intersection of 16th and Bryant Streets in the Mission District. At the time of his arrest, Mr. Serrano was on parole following a 2006 felony conviction in state court for being a felon or addict in possession of a firearm.

Mr. Serrano will be held in federal custody pending sentencing, which is scheduled for October 2, 2007 before Judge Alsup in San Francisco. For possession with intent to distribute cocaine base in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), Mr. Serrano faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $2,000,000 (the maximum penalty is increased by his prior conviction for a felony drug offense). However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, Title 18, United States Code, Section 3553.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brigid Martin and Assistant U.S. Attorney C. David Hall are the attorneys prosecuting the case with the assistance of Nai Saelee and Wilson Wong. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the ATF and the SFPD.

Further Information:

Case #: CR 07-0212 WHA

A copy of this press release may be found on the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/can.

Electronic court filings and further procedural and docket information are available at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.

Judges’ calendars with schedules for upcoming court hearings can be viewed on the court’s website at www.cand.uscourts.gov.

All press inquiries to the U.S. Attorney’s Office should be directed to Natalya LaBauve at (415) 436-7055 or by email at [email protected]

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