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PORT ARTHUR ILLEGAL ALIEN SENTENCED IN
OPERATION TIME MACHINE CASE
BEAUMONT, Texas – A 38-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison as a result of Operation Time Machine in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Pedro Pulido-Godinez pleaded guilty on June 22, 2010, to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison on Feb. 1, 2011 by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.
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 faces deportation once his federal prison sentence has been completed.
This case was 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 was investigated by the Port Arthur Police Department, ATF and ICE and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross.