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Illegal Alien Sentenced To 35 Months In Federal Prison For Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm

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

Ocala, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge John Antoon II today sentenced Trinidad Flores-Navarro (43, Mexico) to 2 years and 11 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as an illegal alien. The court also ordered Flores-Navarro to forfeit a handgun and ammunition. Flores-Navarro had pleaded guilty on March 25, 2019.

According to evidence presented in court, on January 10, 2019, Florida Highway Patrol troopers conducted a traffic stop on an automobile in Sumter County. The passenger, Flores-Navarro, had an ammunition magazine in his pocket. A subsequent search of the vehicle’s center console revealed a loaded 9mm handgun with an additional ammunition magazine. Flores-Navarro, an illegal alien from Mexico, admitted that the firearm belonged to him. He also told the troopers that he had illegally re-entered the United States in 2017, following a federal conviction for cocaine distribution.

This case was investigated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Florida Highway Patrol. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael P. Felicetta and Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.

Updated June 21, 2019

Firearms Offenses