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United States of America v. Francis Araujo
Case Number: 2:22-cr-00069
Judge: Gloria M. Navarro
Court: United States District Court for the District of Nevada (Clark County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas
Description: Las Vegas, Nevada criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with selling methamphetamine, cocaine, and multiple firearms – including three machineguns.
Francis Araujo (33) pleaded guilty in September 2022 to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and illegal possession of machineguns. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro sentenced Araujo on Tuesday to five years of supervised release.
According to court documents, between August 1, 2021 and February 24, 2022, Araujo conspired with others to distribute cocaine and at least 500 grams of methamphetamine. On December 9, 2021, Araujo sold three privately made AR-15 style firearms.
United States Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada; Acting Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Miller for HSI Las Vegas; and Acting Special Agent in Charge Joshua Jackson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) made the announcement.
HSI, ATF, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Sokolich prosecuted the case.
21:846 and 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A)(viii) and 841(b)(1)(C) - Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance
18:922(o) and 924(a)(2) - Illegal Possession of Machine Guns
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 121 months in prison.