The victim of a recent law enforcement beating in San Francisco pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday to various charges after authorities allegedly found him and a woman in bed surrounded by methamphetamine and a loaded pistol.
Five months after shielding himself from the swinging batons of Alameda County sheriff’s deputies in a dark San Francisco alley, Stanislav Petrov, 29, was indicted by a grand jury last Thursday on drug and firearms charges alongside the 24-year-old woman, Milagro Moraga.
Petrov was arraigned Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim for allegedly possessing a firearm for the purpose of drug trafficking, possessing a firearm while a convicted felon and for two counts related to having methamphetamine for sale.
Moraga also appeared in court facing the same two drug charges. The duo stood silent and expressionless in court as a federal prosecutor read the charges against them.
The allegations against the pair stem from the joint raid of a Visitacion Valley home by San Francisco police and the FBI on March 8. However, state prosecutors declined to file charges against them in connection to the raid and the pair did not face charges until the following month.
William Osterhoudt, the attorney representing Petrov, said he considers his client a “victim of vicious thugs in uniform.”
Deputies from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office tackled and beat Petrov in a Mission District alley last November after he allegedly led them on a high-speed chase into The City in a stolen Mercedes. The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office later released surveillance footage of the beating.
Petrov’s latest contact with law enforcement does not appear to be connected to that incident.
According an FBI affidavit attached to the complaint against him and Moraga, which was filed April 1, federal and local authorities executed a search warrant at 23 Teddy St. during a cyber crimes investigation unrelated to Petrov and Moraga.
However, the pair was found naked inside a room where Petrov was apparently living. The room was allegedly littered with drug paraphernalia, including a weigh scale, pipes and more than 125 grams of methamphetamine on a coffee table.
Petrov also had $1,613 in his wallet, according to the affidavit.
“He’s charged with really what’s a pedestrian drug case,” Osterhoudt said. “Nobody says he’s out doing drugs. [They’re saying] he’s in a room with contraband.”
FBI Special Agent Jenny Feng described Petrov in her affidavit as a “career criminal” with “a pattern of disregard for the law” and associations with the Norteno gang.
Petrov has previously been convicted of five felonies and three misdemeanors, while having faced a total 43 felonies and 25 misdemeanors, according to Feng. Some of his convictions are for evading police and selling methamphetamine.
Moraga has also been convicted of two misdemeanors while having faced 20 felonies and 13 misdemeanors in the past, according to Feng. Authorities have also connected her to the Norteno gang.
The couple is scheduled to appear in court again on May 17.
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