SAN FRANCISCO -- A Richmond man has been sentenced to spend the next 25 years in prison for methamphetamine trafficking and possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced Friday.

Arnoldo Sanchez Farias, most recently of Richmond, pleaded guilty May 7 to one count of possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and one count of possessing a firearm to use in a drug trafficking crime.

According to his plea agreement, on Aug. 9, 2011, Farias had nearly 50 pounds of methamphetamine, packaged in individual one-pound bags, hidden in a tool chest in his apartment in Richmond as well as seven firearms in his bedroom, including three 9 mm pistols, a .357 magnum revolver, two shotguns, and an SKS assault rifle. A loaded pistol was also on his bedside table.

Farias admitted that he had the weapons in case a rival drug dealer, drug customer, supplier or other person tried to rob or harm him.

Farias was sentenced Tuesday. In addition to his time in prison, he will be required to have a 10-year period of supervised release and he was ordered to hand over the firearms and approximately $16,000 in cash that were found with the methamphetamine in his apartment.

Farias, who has been in custody since Aug. 9, 2011, began serving his sentence immediately.

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