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Convicted Felon Sentenced to More Than 8 Years in Prison on Drug and Gun Charges

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

ANNISTON, Ala. – A convicted felon was sentenced on drug and gun charges, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

U.S. District Court Judge Corey L. Maze sentenced Ernesto Mayo-Huerta, 31, of Attalla, to 99 months in prison. Mayo-Huerta pleaded guilty in September 2023 to being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

According to court documents, on August 1l, 2022, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) agents and Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force agents executed a search warrant at a residence in Attalla, Alabama. Upon entering the residence, agents located Mayo-Huerta in the living room and immediately detained him without incident. Agents found approximately $4,489 in cash on Mayo-Huerta. In addition, $1,800 of buy money was co-mingled with the cash found on Mayo-Huerta from the “buy-walk” executed by an ALEA agent.

From one room, agents recovered large totes containing packages of marijuana; a Glock, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol; a GSG - 5 .22 caliber rifle; a Stevens 12-gauge shotgun; a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol; a Springfield Arms 16-gauge shotgun; an HW7, .22 LR caliber revolver; an Arminius, .38 special revolver; a Ruger .357 Magnum revolver; and a semi–automatic shotgun.  From a second room, agents recovered a bag of marijuana; a Tactical Innovations T-15 rifle; a Mossberg .22LR caliber rifle; a Rock Island Armory .45 ACP semi-automatic pistol; an Anderson, Model AM-15 pistol; a Zip-loc bag containing $13,792 in cash; and a fanny pack containing $14,912 in cash. In total, agents recovered $33,193 dollars in cash, 14 firearms, and 57.5 pounds of marijuana from the residence.

The ATF investigated the case along with ALEA SBI, ADETF Region F, Etowah County Sheriff’s Office and Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Darius C. Greene prosecuted the case.

Updated January 22, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime