DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

PORT ARTHUR ILLEGAL ALIEN GUILTY IN OPERATION TIME MACHINE CASE

            BEAUMONT, Texas – A 37-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal gun charges as a result of Operation Time Machine in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Pedro Pulido-Godniez pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.

            According to information presented in court, Pulido-Godinez was arrested by Port Arthur Police Officers following the execution of a narcotics search warrant at his residence on Mar. 16, 2010.  During the search, officers located a high caliber rifle, a semi-automatic pistol, and 120 rounds of ammunition in his bedroom. Further investigation revealed Pulido-Godinez was illegally in the United States and prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.  On Apr. 2, 2010, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Pulido-Godinez with being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm.  Pulido-Godinez has remained in custody since his arrest.  Upon sentencing, Pulido-Godinez faces up to 10 years in federal prison and deportation.

            This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods' Operation Time Machine program. Operation Time Machine is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in Port Arthur, Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

            This case is being investigated by the Port Arthur Police Department, ATF and ICE and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross.

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