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Illegal Immigrant, Twice Deported, Again Facing Federal Firearms Charges

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

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – October 17, 2019 – Angel Daniel-Garcia, 35, of Mexico, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on charges of being an aggravated felon who illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported; being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm; and being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm,  announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

Court records indicate that Daniel-Garcia was deported in 2010 after he brandished a pistol and robbed two gas stations on Murfreesboro Road in Nashville, Tennessee.  Daniel-Garcia returned to the United States and was charged and convicted in federal court of being an aggravated felon who illegally entered the United States after previously being deported.   In October 2015, he was sentenced to 27 months in prison and deported after the completion of his sentence. 

Daniel-Garcia again returned to the United States and according to the indictment, on September 10, 2019, he was found in possession of a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol.  Daniel-Garcia is also facing felony drug and firearms charges in Davidson County, Tennessee in relation to a shooting incident on the same day. 

If convicted, Daniel-Garcia faces up to 10 years in prison on each firearm violation and up to 20 years in prison on the immigration charge. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; the Department of Homeland Security-Immigration & Customs Enforcement; and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department are investigating the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ahmed Safeeullah is  prosecuting the case. 

The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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David Boling
Public Information Officer

Updated October 17, 2019

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime