On May 2nd, 2022

Federal Firearms Charges Brought Against Six Fresno Residents Arrested in Operation No Fly Zone California DOJ Special Operations Unit and Human Trafficking / Sexual Predator Apprehension Team assisted with months-long investigation

“I am sure the residents of Fresno are extremely grateful for the work done in this months-long joint operation which targeted gangs and their violent illegal activity. This type of law enforcement work helsp to make communities safer and works to remove firearms from dangerous individuals.  Thank you to the law enforcement special agents and officers who worked on this investigation for months in order to protect the public.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona

FRESNO - On April 28, 2022, a federal grand jury returned four indictments against six Fresno residents as a result of Operation No Fly Zone, an investigation that worked to combat a rise in the number of shootings and homicides in Fresno.

The multi-agency, months-long investigation resulted in the arrests of more than 40 individuals, including six federal defendants.

  • Fresno residents Patrick Anthony Feaster, 23, and Marcus Rashad Newton, 24, are charged in one indictment with one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Both have prior felony convictions and are prohibited from possessing firearms.
  • Donald Ray Phelps Jr., 28, of Fresno, is charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition. He has a felony conviction for conspiracy to commit pandering in Orange County and is prohibited from possessing ammunition.
  • Reginald Keith Cannon Jr., 24, of Fresno, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He has prior felony convictions involving firearms offenses and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
  • Fresno residents Taylor Washington, 21, and his mother Jawana Washington, 42, are charged in one indictment. Taylor is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and Jawana is charged with aiding and abetting a felon’s possession of a firearm when she provided Taylor with a 9 mm handgun, knowing that he had been convicted of two felonies involving firearms offenses and was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

According to court documents, on March 16, 2022, investigators gained information that Newton and Feaster would be meeting at a residence in Fresno so that Newton could provide Feaster with a firearm and an extended magazine. Investigators observed the meetup, and shortly after Feaster left the residence, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Feaster’s car. Feaster failed to yield, bailed out of the car with a bag, and fled on foot. After a chase, officers arrested Feaster and seized the bag from him. Inside the bag, officers found a semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine.

On March 18, 2022, investigators learned about the presence of a firearm inside a car in which Phelps was a passenger. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the car, and during a search of the car, under the seat where Phelps had been sitting, officers found a loaded, privately manufactured, semi-automatic handgun with no serial number.

On March 23, 2022, investigators received information that Cannon was in possession of a firearm at the Fashion Fair Mall. Officers reported to the mall, where they found Cannon, a parolee, and conducted a parole-compliance check on him. During a search of his person, officers found a loaded semi-automatic firearm with an extended magazine attached.

On March 25, 2022, Jawana Washington loaned a firearm to Taylor Washington. Officers conducted a traffic stop on Taylor Washington’s car, searched it, and found the firearm in the center console.

These cases are the product of an investigation by the

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation,
  • Homeland Security Investigations,
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives,
  • Fresno Police Department,
  • Fresno-area Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC),
  • California Department of Justice Special Operations Unit,
  • California Department of Justice Human Trafficking / Sexual Predator Apprehension Team,
  • California Highway Patrol,
  • Fresno County Sheriff’s Office,
  • Kings County Sheriff’s Office,
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation,
  • and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office.

If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charges are allegations; each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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