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California Parolee Sentenced for Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Connection With Drone Investigation

On September 16, 2022, Jonathan Vasquez was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, to 50 months of incarceration, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Vasquez allegedly operated or attempted to operate a drone to deliver illegal contraband, including cellular phones and an mp3 player, to the Deuel Vocational Institute, a former State prison in unincorporated San Joaquin County, California. During a parole search of Vasquez's residence, DOT-OIG agents and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officers discovered a loaded firearm in Vasquez’s possession. The investigation involving Vasquez's illegal use of a drone is still pending.
 
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the CDCR and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.