O.C. Lawyer Arrested on Federal Grand Jury Indictment Alleging Illegal Firearms Sales and Methamphetamine Distribution

          The feds arrested Melinda Romines, 41, of Anaheim, and charged her with conspiring to engage in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, possessing an unregistered firearm, and distributing methamphetamine. The grand jury indictment alleges that Romines found firearms available for purchase from black market firearms dealers. She then acted as a broker between the black market dealers and customers, ultimately buying the firearms from the dealers and then re-selling them to customers, the indictment alleges. For example, in a Los Angeles parking lot in May 2018, Romines allegedly sold two firearms – a .40-caliber pistol and an AR-type .45-caliber rifle, both lacking serial numbers – as well as a silencer and a high-capacity magazine with approximately 20 rounds of ammunition in a transaction that netted her $2,600. In October 2018, in another Los Angeles parking lot, she sold a .45-caliber pistol and ammunition to a buyer for $900, the indictment alleges. Romines also allegedly sold nearly a quarter-pound of methamphetamine in two transactions in October and November 2018.

A second defendant named in the indictment – Seaira Benson, a.k.a. “Relli,” 27, of Los Angeles – is been charged along with Romines with one count of distributing approximately 111 grams of methamphetamine. Authorities are currently seeking Benson.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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