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California Man Sentenced to Over 5 years in Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

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

BOISE B A Whittier, California man was sentenced to 65 months in federal prison for the unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to court records, Alejandro Velasquez, 49, was found in the back seat of a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation in Nampa, Idaho. A K-9, trained to detect odors of controlled substances, positively alerted to the presence of controlled substances in the vehicle.  When police searched the vehicle, they discovered approximately 100 fentanyl pills and a Ruger 9mm pistol. Velazquez was prohibited from possessing firearms because of a prior felony drug conviction from California. He admitted to possessing the firearm and that he intended to distribute the fentanyl pills found in his possession.

Velasquez has a criminal history spanning 29 years with prior state convictions for receiving stolen property, transporting controlled substances, possession of controlled substances, and manufacturing controlled substances. 

U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl, from the District of Wyoming, sitting by designation, also ordered Velasquez to serve 3 years of supervised release following his prison sentence. Velasquez pleaded guilty to the charge on May 9, 2022.

U.S. Attorney Joshua D. Hurwit, of the District of Idaho, made the announcement and commended the investigation by the Nampa Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which led to the charges.     

This case was prosecuted by the Special Assistant United States Attorney hired by the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with funds provided by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program.  HIDTA is part of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988.  It provides assistance to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States.  Idaho is part of the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA.  The Idaho HIDTA is a collaboration of local, multi-jurisdictional law enforcement drug task forces, and prosecuting agencies dedicated to addressing regional drug trafficking organizations that operate in Ada, Canyon, Bannock, Kootenai, and Malheur Counties.

 

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Contact

Christy Gunderson
Public Information Officer
Christy.Gunderson@usdoj.gov

Updated August 3, 2022

Topics
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses