Sacramento, California - U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez sentenced Dustin Joseph Albini, 36, of West Sacramento, to five and a half years in prison and five years of supervised release, for assaulting a federal officer and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

The crimes were charged in two separate cases and Albini pleaded guilty to both in February 2019.

According to court documents, in July 2015, state and federal law enforcement executed a search warrant at a marijuana grow operation in Modoc County. During execution of the warrant, a Bureau of Land Management agent attempted to take Albini into custody. Albini resisted arrest and engaged in a struggle with the agent that resulted in the agent and Albini going to the ground. While on the ground, Albini grabbed the agent’s testicles and bit his leg.

According to court documents, when law enforcement arrested Albini in September 2015 on the first indictment, they searched Albini’s vehicle and found a .45-caliber Colt MK IV handgun, a .40-caliber Glock 27 handgun, and a backpack containing marijuana and hundreds of vials of liquid containing tetrahydrocannabinol, a Schedule I controlled substance. As part of his guilty plea, Albini admitted to possessing the vials with the intent to distribute them and possessing the handguns to protect and otherwise further his drug distribution activities.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Thuesen prosecuted the case.