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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Illegal Alien Sentenced To More Than Four Years For Illegal Reentry And Firearm Offenses

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced Aniceto Aguirre-Cardenas (57) to four years and three months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, for possessing a firearm as an illegal alien, and for illegally reentering the United States following deportation. He pleaded guilty on March 8, 2018.

According to court documents, Aguirre-Cardenas was convicted in 1993 for conspiracy to distribute marijuana, distribution of marijuana, and using/carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. He was sentenced to 12 years and 6 months’ imprisonment and was removed from the United States in 2003. On June 25, 2017, Aguirre-Cardenas was found to be back in the United States without permission after the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in which he was a passenger. Law enforcement officers recovered a revolver from underneath Aguirre-Cardenas’s seat. Numerous rounds of ammunition, baggies containing more than 24 grams of cocaine, and drug trafficking paraphernalia were also recovered from the vehicle.

“This criminal alien thought he could ignore the laws of our nation,” said HSI Tampa Special Agent In Charge James C. Spero. “Our HSI special agents, along with our Volusia County Sheriff’s Office partners, have made our communities a safer place with this criminal behind bars.”

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorneys Christina Downes and Brandon Bayliss.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to develop districtwide crime reduction strategies, incorporating the lessons learned since the program’s inception in 2001. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Immigration
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated May 22, 2018