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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mexican Nationals Plead Guilty to 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 34, both citizens of Mexico, pled guilty today to a two-count Indictment charging them with violations of the Federal Gun Control Act.

According to court records, on or about October 15, 2014, ROBERTO HERRERA-VILLAGOMEZ and JUAN MANUEL HERRERA-VILLAGOMEZ, both illegal aliens, were found in possession of firearms.  Agents executed a search warrant into the harboring of illegal aliens at a mushroom farm in Tangipahoa Parish and found the defendants in possession of firearms.

ROBERTO HERRERA-VILLAGOMEZ and JUAN MANUEL HERRERA-VILLAGOMEZ each face a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, followed by up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.  U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo set sentencing for July 30, 2015.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the 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.

Herrera-Villagomez, Roberto & Juan Manual Factual Basis

Updated September 2, 2015