Anthony, N.M., Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition
ALBUQUERQUE – Javier Orozco, 30, of Anthony, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 84 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Orozco was sentenced based on a guilty plea entered on Feb. 11, 2014.
Orozco and his brother, Victor Manuel Carreon, 24, also of Anthony, N.M., were arrested on Sept. 5, 2013, on a criminal complaint charging them with being felons in possession of firearms and ammunition. The two were subsequently indicted on these charges on Dec. 11, 2013. The indictment alleges that Carreon and Orozco unlawfully possessed firearms and ammunition in Doña Ana County, N.M., on June 19, 2013. At the time, the brothers were prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because they were convicted felons. Carreon previously had been convicted for possession of a controlled substance and aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer, and Orozco had been convicted for shooting at a motor vehicle and aggravated assault.
According to court filings, on June 19, 2013, Carreon and Orozco were arrested on state charges by Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies who were seeking to arrest Carreon on state warrants. The deputies detained Orozco in the vicinity of a truck parked outside a residence in Anthony, and arrested Carreon inside the residence. At the time of his arrest, Carreon was near a trash can that contained a loaded handgun; he admitted ownership of the handgun during a post-arrest interview. The deputies arrested Orozco after they allegedly found a large amount of cash and a plastic bag containing methamphetamine in Orozco’s pockets. During a search of the truck, which allegedly was driven primarily by Orozco, officers allegedly found additional currency and a loaded handgun.
On Jan. 7, 2014, Carreon pled guilty to Count 2 of the indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was sentenced on May 21, 2014, to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.
This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI and the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Y. Armijo of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.