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Santa Fe Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Gilbert Michael Coriz pled guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Coriz, 37, of Santa Fe, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

A federal grand jury indicted Coriz on Dec. 8, 2021. According to court records, on Jan. 1, 2021, officers from the Santa Fe Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at a residence on Camino Capitan. After obtaining a search warrant, officers cleared and searched the residence and found Coriz allegedly hiding in a water heater closet in the garage. Officers also found two firearms and various types of ammunition.

Coriz was previously convicted of aggravated battery, felon in possession of a firearm, tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance and residential burglary. As a previously convicted felon, Coriz cannot legally possess firearms or ammunition.

At sentencing, Coriz faces up to ten years on prison.

The Santa Fe Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Santa Fe Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Samuel A. Hurtado is prosecuting the case.

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Updated July 14, 2023

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 23-150