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September 12, 2012

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee

Mexican Citizen Residing In Johnson City Sentenced On Cocaine And Firearms Charges

GREENEVILLE, Tenn - On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, Raul Alfaro, 56, of Johnson City, Tenn., was sentenced by the Honorable Leon Jordan, U.S. District Judge, to serve 120 months in federal prison for his role in multiple cocaine and firearms offenses.

In October and November 2011, Alfaro sold cocaine to an individual working on the behalf of law enforcement. He also offered to sell the individual a variety of firearms, including an AK-47 assault rifle. In order to show the weapons he had for sale, Alfaro took pictures of the AK-47, a. 380 pistol, a .357 magnum, a 9mm pistol and a shotgun and texted them to this individual. In November 2011, Alfaro met the individual again and sold him the .357 revolver.

In November 2011 after a recorded drug transaction law enforcement agents searched Alfaro’s vehicle and found approximately 10 ounces of cocaine, digital scales, the 9mm pistol Alfaro had previously offered to sell and a magazine with six rounds of ammunition.

Search warrants were subsequently executed at the residences of Alfaro and Gonzalez. Agents located and seized six firearms and close to 400 rounds of ammunition at Alfaro’s residence. Agents located and seized over $20,000.00 in U.S. currency, a .25 caliber handgun, ammunition, approximately 45 grams of cocaine and digital scales at Gonzalez’s residence.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the investigation which led to the indictment and subsequent convictions of Alfaro and Gonzalez include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, First Judicial Drug Task Force, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Third Judicial Drug Task Force, Fourth Judicial Drug Task Force, Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson City Police Department, and Elizabethton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne Taylor represented the United States.

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