Marco Garmo

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Service Record

Agency San Diego County California Sheriff's Department
Rank Lieutenant, Captain (2016).[1]
Dates of Service 1992[2] - September 20, 2019[3][4]
Salary $216,643 (2019)[5]
Last Known Status Retired[4]

Incident Reports

2013-2019 San Diego County California Sheriff's Department Illegal Firearm Sales

Response Timeline

In 2017, the District Attorney declined to press charges against Garmo.[1] Prosecutors warned Garmo to not engage in additional illegal transactions.[2]

On February 1, 2017, Garmo received a written reprimand for violating state limits on gun sales.[2]

Garmo continued to advertise guns for sale online. In 2018, Garmo sold 10 guns to undercover BATFE agents.[1]

Two firearms registered to Garmo were recovered by law enforcement while investigating other crimes, including at least one in Detroit.[1]

On February 13, 2019, federal investigators seized 64 firearms during a search of Garmo's house and office.[4]

In the summer of 2019, Magana was placed on unpaid administrative leave.[4]

On September 20, 2019, Garmo retired.[3][4]

On November 22, 2019, Garmo was arrested and indicted on 23 charges, and pleaded not guilty.[4][3] Magana was charged with aiding and abetting Garmo's illegal firearms business, and pleaded guilty.[3]

On September 15, 2020, Garmo pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a federal license.[6]

On March 12, 2021, Garmo was sentenced to two years in prison and to repay $8,350 in profits. As a felon, Garmo is prohibited from owning firearms. His retirement benefits might be recalculated to the date of his first crime and he would have to repay any amount overpaid since his retirement.[1]

Aiding Marijuana Distribution

Garmo provided information about an upcoming raid to an unlicensed marijuana dispensary that was partially run by his cousin. The dispensary removed their inventory and cash in advance of the raid. When the raid was cancelled, Garmo told his cousin, and the store reopened later that day.[3]

Response Timeline

Garmo was charged with aiding and abetting the distribution of marijuana, and with using a telephone to further a drug crime.[3]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: neutral
Protect & Serve rating: neutral
Individual Rights rating: neutral
Accountability and Integrity rating: bad
Off Duty rating: neutral
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