Prior Felon from Albuquerque Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Firearms Laws
ALBUQUERQUE – Pilar Angel Lucero, 33, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty today to violating federal firearms laws. The plea agreement included the recommendation that Lucero be sentenced to 48 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
Lucero was charged by criminal complaint on July 7, 2016, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on June 16, 2016, in Bernalillo County, N.M., following a routine traffic stop by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). subsequently was indicted on the same charge on July 28, 2016. According to the indictment, was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his previous felony convictions for shooting at a dwelling, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, drug trafficking, child abandonment/abuse, conspiracy to traffic in controlled substances, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and conspiracy to commit burglary of a house.
During today’s proceedings, Lucero pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on June 16, 2016, APD officers found a handgun with 11 rounds of ammunition in Lucero’s vehicle during a traffic stop. Lucero further admitted purchasing the handgun by using a fake New Mexico driver’s license, and while knowing that he was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his status as a convicted felon. Lucero remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.
This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the APD. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer M. Rozzoni is prosecuting the case.