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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Illegal Aliens Indicted For Violations Of The Federal Gun Control Act

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ROBERTO HERRERA-VILLAGOMEZ, age 23, and JUAN MANUEL HERRERA-VILLAGOMEZ, age 32, both citizens of Mexico, were each charged today in two-count indictment with violations of the Federal Gun Control Act.

According to the indictment, on or about October 15, 2014, ROBERTO HERRERA-VILLAGOMEZ and JUAN MANUEL HERRERA-VILLAGOMEZ, both illegal aliens, were found in possession of loaded firearms.  Both defendants were found while executing a search warrant in an ongoing investigation into the harboring of illegal aliens at a mushroom farm in Tangipahoa Parish.

If convicted, ROBERTO HERRERA-VILLAGOMEZ and JUAN MANUEL HERRERA-VILLAGOMEZ, each face a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a fine of $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

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

U.S. Attorney Polite praised work of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney David Haller is in charge of the prosecution.

(Download Indictment )

Updated November 18, 2014