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Alien Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Possessing Firearms

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

TULSA, Okla.—Mauricio Arevalo-Magana, 25, pleaded guilty in federal court to the charge of Alien Unlawfully in the United States in Possession of Firearms, announced Danny C. Williams Sr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma. United States District Court Chief Judge Gregory K. Frizzell will sentence Arevalo-Magana on July 12, 2016.   

In the summer of 2015, Arevalo-Magana, an alien illegally in the United States, exchanged drugs for firearms in Tulsa. Those firearms, which included semi-automatic rifles, had been stolen during a burglary of a home in Ponca City by another individual. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrested that individual and were able to recover approximately 43 stolen firearms. ATF agents then became aware of the Arevalo-Magana’s unlawful exchange.

At the time, ATF only knew Arevalo-Magana by his alias, “Wicho.” With the assistance of the Tulsa Police Department, ATF agents were able to discover Arevalo-Magana’s true name and apprehend him. Arevalo-Magana faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by ATF. Assistant United States Attorney Neal C. Hong prosecuted the case.


Updated April 6, 2016