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Federal gun charge lodged against Turlock man

POSTED April 6, 2012 7:58 p.m.

A Turlock man was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for possession of a firearm by a felon.

The indictment alleges that Anthony Ebaniz, 31, was found in possession of a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol on Feb. 28, according to the Department of Justice.

Court records show Ebaniz has prior convictions for receiving stolen property; using others’ identification to obtain credit; possession of ephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine; assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, with great bodily injury likely; and burglary.

Ebaniz was one of four men indicted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods, which joins together local, state and federal law enforcement agencies with the shared goal of combating gang and gun violence.

The other men named in the indictment are: Dara Seun, 30, of Fresno; Cory MacDonald, 28, of Fresno; and Carlos Hernandez, 45, of Fresno. Seun and MacDonald were indicted for possession of a firearm by a felon and Hernandez was indicted on a charge of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm.

The case against Ebaniz is the product of an investigation by the Turlock Police Department, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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