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MONDAY - August 9, 2010

ILLEGAL ALIEN GUN RUNNER SENTENCED

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced FABIANO RODRIQUEZ DE ABREU, 30, to 72 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. Additionally, the Court imposed a fine of $2,000.00.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 8, 2009. On April 12, 2010, DE ABREU pled guilty to possession of a firearm by an illegal alien and illegal re-entry.

On September 15, 2009, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Team stopped DE ABREU for speeding on I-95. During the traffic stop, officers noticed that DE ABREU was very nervous, and was driving a rental car. Officers asked DE ABREU if they could search his vehicle. He consented and officers found firearms under a blanket and in the spare tire compartment. The weapons consisted of a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun; a Smith & Wesson, Model 1000, 12 gauge shotgun; a Marlin, Model 25MN, .22 caliber rifle; a Romarm/Cugir SKS, 7.62 mm rifle; a Smith & Wesson SW40E, .40 caliber pistol; a Hi-point, Model JCP, .40 caliber pistol; and a Bersa, Model Thunder DLX, .380 caliber pistol. DE ABREU told officers that he was transporting the firearms to Boston, Massachusetts, to sell. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was notified and responded along with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It was then discovered that DE ABREU was illegally in the country and had been deported previously for being in the country illegally. DE ABREU admitted that he had purchased firearms previously and sold them. He also admitted that he flew to Fort Lauderdale to purchase more firearms to sell in Boston. He purchased the firearms for $6,000.00 and was going to sell them for $18,000.00.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson represented the government.

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