SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced today that Los Angeles resident, Calvin Colbert, 24, was sentenced to 102 months in federal prison by United States District Judge George H. Wu. Colbert was arrested in 2009 as part of an ATF and San Bernardino Police Department (SBPD) investigation for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base in the form of crack cocaine.
The investigation into Colbert was initiated after the San Bernardino Police Department's Narcotics Bureau received information of drug sales at the Economy Inn located at 685 W. 6th Street, San Bernardino. SBPD along with ATF conducted undercover narcotic purchases which revealed Colbert was selling from inside the motel and was in possession of a firearm in furtherance of his narcotic sales. It was later determined that the firearm was reported stolen in Nevada. Colbert was found guilty by a jury of his peers December 2010 and sentenced April 9.
"This sentencing should send a clear message to those engaged in illegal firearms and narcotics activity that crime does not pay," said Christopher Shaefer acting Special Agent in Charge, ATF Los Angeles Field Division. "ATF with our partnership with the San Bernardino Police Department will continue to be on the frontline of pursuing violent criminals in that city."
"This sentence is an example of the significant impact that the cooperation between federal and local authorities can have on violent crime in our region," said Andre Birotte Jr., whose office prosecuted the case. "That is why we work with our partners at ATF to identify, investigate and prosecute cases like this involving the dangerous combination of firearms and narcotics."
The investigation into Colbert was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office - Riverside Branch.
More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.
SOURCE Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives