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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2011

Illegal Alien Sentenced for Firearms Violation in Anderson County

   TYLER, Texas - A 28-year-old illegal alien residing in Palestine, Texas was sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Eduardo Guerrero Alvarado pleaded guilty on Feb. 4, 2013, to possessing a firearm while illegally in the United States and was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

According to information presented in court, on Nov. 29, 2012, Alvarado was found in possession of a pistol.  Further investigation revealed Alvarado was illegally in the United States and not legally allowed to carry a firearm.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Dec. 6, 2012, charging Alvarado with a firearms violation.
This case was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

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