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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mexican National Sentenced to Over 12 Years in Prison for Aggravated ID Theft and Drug and Firearms Offenses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Mexican national was sentenced today to 12 years and one month in prison for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, unlawfully possessing a firearm, and aggravated identity theft arising from false statements he made in an application for a U.S. passport, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent-In-Charge David Zebley announced.

According to court documents, Eliecer Reyes Huerta, 31, had been removed from the United States in 2006 and lacked lawful immigration status to be in the United States. On July 30, 2012, Huerta submitted an application for a U.S. passport to a passport acceptance officer in Vallejo. In the application, Huerta provided a false name belonging to a real person, a false birthdate, and a false birthplace in Puerto Rico. Huerta presented a birth certificate issued for the ID theft victim and a California driver’s license bearing Huerta’s photograph and the victim’s name and birthdate. Agents searched Huerta’s residence in Vallejo and found baggies containing methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana; two digital scales, miscellaneous supplies and substances that may be used in the manufacture of controlled substances. In Huerta’s bedroom closet, agents found a 9 mm semi-automatic Sig Sauer Model P226 handgun. Next to the firearm was a Sig Sauer handgun magazine loaded with seven rounds of 9 mm ammunition. Two children were living in the home at the time of the search.

“Individuals who use false or stolen identities are often engaged in other dangerous criminal activities and are a threat to the citizens of the United States," said David Zebley, Special Agent-In-Charge of the Diplomatic Security Service's San Francisco Field Office. “The Diplomatic Security Service is committed to investigating and pursuing anyone who applies for or obtains a United States passport using false documents, particularly when a U.S. Citizen's identity is stolen.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Assistant United States Attorney Nirav Desai prosecuted the case.

Docket #: 2:13-cr-408-GEB

Updated April 16, 2015