MEDFORD, Ore.– A Klamath Falls man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for drugs and being a felon in possession of firearms. Vincent Sanchez is expected to serve 15 years, with another five years of supervised probation afterwards. This is the minimum mandatory prison sentence for anyone who possesses a firearm or ammunition after being previously convicted of three violent felonies or drug trafficking crimes.
Last December, Klamath County Sheriff’s detectives say Sanchez was in the passenger seat of a vehicle. They said they were given reason to believe he was carrying a firearm, which is a violation for a convicted felon. When they pulled him over and searched the car, detectives said they found a loaded handgun under his shirt. They said they also found a black duffel bag with baggies of methamphetamine, drug notes, and digital scales. Detectives were then authorized to search his home, where more firearms were found.
Sanchez’s criminal history also includes felony convictions for supplying contraband, transportation of a controlled substance, tampering with a witness, and possession of a methamphetamine, and misdemeanor convictions for strangulation, possessing a switchblade.