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Costa Rican National Indicted for Firearm Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MILTON RAYO-CASTILLO, age 26, a native of Costa Rica, was indicted on March 28, 2024, for being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(5)(A).

According to the indictment, on or about March 10, 2024, RAYO-CASTILLO, an alien present illegally in the United States, was found in possession of a Glock Model 19X, nine-millimeter semi-automatic pistol, bearing serial number BYGA822.

If convicted, RAYO-CASTILLO faces up to 15 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, up to three years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Kenner Police Department in investigating this matter.   Assistant United States Attorney Spiro G. Latsis of the General Crimes Unit oversees the prosecution.


Shane Jones 

Community Outreach Coordinator 

U.S. Attorney's Office 

Eastern District of Louisiana

Updated April 2, 2024

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