MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 8 Years for Illegal Possession Of a Gun and Ammunition
Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Jaime Alejandro Alvarado Perez, age 25, an MS-13 member residing in Montgomery Village, Maryland, today to eight years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Titus enhanced Perez’s sentence upon finding that Perez recklessly endangered the public by carrying a loaded revolver, disrupted a government office, caused psychological injury to the victim and in addition varied upward based in part upon Perez’s membership in MS-13 and the need to deter future offenders from carrying a loaded firearm into a government office. Perez is a native of El Salvador and is subject to deportation from the United States upon the completion of his prison sentence.
According to his guilty plea, on June 30, 2006, Perez was convicted in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland of a third degree sexual offense against a minor, involving the use or threatened use of force. Perez was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment and two years of supervised release. On August 23, 2007, his probation officer had visited Perez and told him that because he had missed several appointments and had failed to maintain the conditions of his probation, she was on the verge of violating his probation that would result in his re-incarceration. On September 6, 2007, Perez arrived at the Montgomery County Parole and Probation Office for his regular meeting with his probation officer and was approached by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who had become aware that Perez was an illegal alien. Perez admitted that his visa from 2001 had expired and was arrested for immigration violations. When Perez was searched, agents found a loaded .38 caliber revolver and additional ammunition in the bag that Perez was wearing when he entered the probation office.
“The apprehension of Perez for the illegal possession of a firearm was the result of a coordinated law enforcement effort,” stated James A. Dinkins, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “This case should serve as a warning to gang members who come to this country illegally and commit criminal violations that their actions will not be tolerated.”
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Montgomery County Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorney Solette A. Magnelli, who prosecuted the case.