FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - December 16, 2008
WILMINGTON ILLEGAL RECEIVES OVER 7 YEARS
FOR DRUG AND FIREARM CHARGES
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced ARTURO SALGADO a/k/a JUAN GUILLERMO SIERRA, 23, an illegal alien residing in Wilmington, North Carolina, to 87 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a two-count Criminal Indictment on July 17, 2008, charging SALGADO with possession of firearms by a felon and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine. On September 29, 2008, SALGADO pled guilty to the charges. On December 24, 2007, an officer with the Wilmington Police Department performed a traffic stop on an individual believed to be breaking into cars. Information from the stop lead investigators to SALGADO’s residence. A search of SALGADO’s home was conducted by the officers. During the search officers’ found four firearms, a stolen, loaded Heckler and Kock .45 caliber pistol, a Rock River AR-15 rifle, a Mossberg 500A 12-gauge shotgun and an SKS rifle; various ammunition; four stolen tires and rims, 6.7 grams of cocaine, a set of digital scales and $1,200.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations “Safe Street Task Force,” SALGADO is a validated gang member.
Law enforcement reports showed that SALGADO had absconded from parole for discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle in Illinois at the time of these offenses.
Mr. Holding commented, “I applaud the fine work the Wilmington Police Department has done in this case. From a traffic stop, they followed the trail to find a person known for extensive criminal activity. Justice has been served today, as that person has been taken from the community and locked away for a long while.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Wilmington Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Severo represented the Government. Mr Severo is a prosecutor with the New Hanover District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Ben David has assigned him to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters. This has been made possible by a grant funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission and the New Hanover County Commissioners.
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