San Francisco Smuggler Gets 52 Months for Arms and Ecstasy Bazaar

San Francisco Smuggler Gets 52 Months for Arms and Ecstasy BazaarSource: Google Street View
Tony Ng
Published on November 29, 2023

In a major win against illegal firearms trafficking, a 36-year-old man from San Francisco, Trajordon Svarda, has been sentenced to 52 months in prison. Svarda, who admitted to engaging in criminal activities, reached a plea deal after selling a variety of guns, including a machine gun, to an undercover informant.

The U.S. Attorney's Office revealed that Svarda's illegal activities began in February 2021 with the sale of ecstasy and later expanded to include stolen firearms. In March, he sold a Smith and Wesson revolver, ecstasy, and an AR-style pistol without a serial number, classifying it as a ghost gun—difficult to trace for law enforcement.

Senior United States District Judge William H. Alsup oversaw the case and imposed a strict three-year supervised release on Svarda after serving his prison term. Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Cicolani from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives emphasized that the sentence sends a clear message to potential firearms traffickers.

During a transaction in July, Svarda demonstrated to the informant how an AR-style pistol could be switched to full auto with a single trigger pull. In total, Svarda admitted to selling over 150 grams of ecstasy, 157 grams of methamphetamine, and six firearms, establishing him as a one-stop shop for both narcotics and lethal weaponry.

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, Ismail J. Ramsey, underscored the seriousness of the crimes and the collaborative efforts that led to Svarda's conviction. The prosecution was supported by the dedicated work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Sophia Cooper and her team. Svarda's criminal history and continued involvement in unlawful activities ultimately led to his imprisonment.