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Charges Announced as a Result of Joint Gun Trafficking Operation that Netted 21 Firearms, Ammunition, Narcotics, and More

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Rachel Marshall / Rachel.Marshall@sfgov.org

Director of Communications / Policy Advisor / Assistant District Attorney

Four suspects are charged as a result of a joint gun trafficking operation that netted 21 firearms, ammunition, narcotics and more

Search warrants executed at two locations Tuesday 

SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 22, 2021) — A joint operation targeting firearms trafficking by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has resulted in the arrest of four suspects and the seizure of twenty-one illegal weapons together with ammunition, high-capacity magazines, narcotics, other firearm components.  

Search warrants executed at two locations in San Francisco last Tuesday resulted in the arrest of the four suspects, two of whom will be arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court this afternoon.

  • John Sembrano, arrested during a search warrant executed in the Bayview District in San Francisco, has been charged by the District Attorney’s Office with the following counts:  
  • 17 violations of Penal Code Section 29800(a)(1) – Felon in possession of firearm 
  • One violation of Penal Code Section 30305 – Felon in possession of ammunition
  • One violation of Health & Safety Code Section 11370.1(a) – Armed while in possession of narcotics
  • One violation of Health & Safety Code Section 11351(a) – Possession of controlled substance; and
  • One violation of Health & Safety Code Section 11378(a) – Possession of controlled substance.
  • Kakada Mean, arrested during a search warrant executed in the Bayview District in San Francisco, has been charged by the District Attorney’s Office with the following counts: 
  • One violation of Health & Safety Code Section 11370.1 – Armed while in possession of narcotics 
  • One count of Health & Safety Code Section 11351– Possession for sale or purchase of a controlled substance; and
  • One violation of Health & Safety Code Section 11378 – Possession for sale of a controlled substance.
  • Ryan Chantha, arrested during a search warrant executed in the Southern District in San Francisco, has been charged by the District Attorney’s Office with the following counts: 
  • Three violations of Penal Code Section 27500(b) –  Illegal sale of Firearm 
  • Two violations of Penal Code 32310(a)(1) – Advertising sale of high capacity magazines
  • One violation of Penal Code section 25850(a) PC – Carry loaded firearm in public 
  • One violation of Penal Code Section 25400(a)(2) – Carry concealed firearm
  • Twenty violations of Penal Code Section 29800(a)(1) – Being a felon in possession of a firearm; and
  • One violation of Penal Code Section 30305(a)(1) – Possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.
  • Kelly Mean, arrested during a search warrant executed in the Southern District in San Francisco, has been charged with the following counts: 
  • One violation of Penal Code Section 664/27500(b) – Attempted sale of an illegal firearm
  • Two violations of Penal Code Section 32310(a)(1) – Advertised sale of high capacity magazines
  • Three violations of Penal Code Section 29800(a)(1) – Possession of a firearm as a felon; and
  • One violation of Penal Code Section 30305(a)(1) –Possession of ammunition as a prohibited person.

Synopsis 

A joint operation and investigation targeting firearms trafficking by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office led to these arrests.  The agencies worked together and identified social media accounts listing firearms for sale.  San Francisco Police Department officers, with the help of the District Attorney’s Office, secured warrants and conducted an extensive investigation.  On the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, ATF and SFPD personnel participating jointly from the Crime Gun Investigations Center (CGIC); Community Violence Reduction Team (CVRT); and SFPD’s Narcotics Detail executed warrants.

During the course of the operation, four firearms were seized from a residence within the Southern District and seventeen firearms were seized from a residence within the Bayview District. Also seized were narcotics, ammunition, high-capacity magazines, various firearm components and other indicators of firearms trafficking.  Investigators later determined that several of the seized firearms were stolen.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case.  An arraignment is scheduled on Monday, November 22, 2021 for defendants Ryan Chantha and Kakada Mean.  The arraignments for John Sembrano and Kelly Mean is scheduled for for December 16, 2021.

“Nationwide, 2021 is on pace to be the worst year for gun violence in decades, according to the Gun Violence Archive — and our own statistics locally show that San Francisco is no exception to the national trend,” said San Francisco Chief of Police Bill Scott. “This joint operation with our partners at ATF and in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office will hold these firearms traffickers accountable and send a strong message about our shared commitment at every level of law enforcement to turn the tide on gun violence here in San Francisco. I’m grateful to District Attorney Boudin and his team and our federal partners at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their work on this operation. My gratitude also goes out to everyone at our Crime Gun Investigations Center, Community Violence Reduction Team and Narcotics Detail for their hard work on this case.”

“Some gun traffickers have turned to social media platforms to sell dangerous weapons accessible to anyone in the public—including people prohibited from owning weapons,” said District Attorney Boudin. “This joint operation between our office; the San Francisco Police Department; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives  helped get 21 guns, as well as drugs, ammunition, and high-capacity magazines, off our streets. We are committed to holding those who endanger our community by selling and illegally owning guns accountable—and on working to get guns off the streets before violence occurs.”