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Barahona-Munguia Sentencing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2011

HONDURAN MAN CONVICTED OF DRUG TRAFFICKING AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY AN ILLEGAL ALIEN SENTENCED TO 78 MONTHS

BATON ROUGE, LA – United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr. announced that on March 24, 2011, Mario Barahona-Munguia, 40, of Honduras, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ralph E. Tyson to serve 78 months (6.5 years) in prison and three years supervised release.

BARAHONA-MUNGUIA pled guilty to one count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien. When apprehended, he had an outstanding immigration order requiring his removal from the United States to Honduras which was issued in 2005.

BARAHONA-MUNGUIA requested to be removed rather than serve imprisonment. Chief Judge Tyson, in ordering the 78-month sentence, found that, in addition to trafficking cocaine, the evidence demonstrated that the defendant was involved in trafficking firearms, as well as smuggling firearms to Honduras.

The charges stemmed from an undercover operation involving the purchase of a firearm and narcotics from BARAHONA-MUNGUIA. The case was investigated by Richard Lovell of Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Susan C. Amundson.

United States Attorney Cazayoux remarked, “We will vigilantly defend our citizens against narcotics and firearms trafficking. BARAHONA-MUNGUIA’s sentence – rather than immediate removal – should send a message to those who enter our borders and commit serious crimes that their behavior will not be tolerated.”

 

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