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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 16, 2019

Saudi Arabian national and UNM engineering student arrested for being an alien in possession of a firearm

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Hassan Alqahtani, 28, of Saudi Arabia, made an initial appearance in federal court in Albuquerque today on a criminal complaint charging him with illegal possession of a firearm by an alien admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa.

            According to a criminal complaint, Alqahtani allegedly possessed a .380 caliber firearm at his residence when the FBI searched the property on December 12, 2019.  Alqahtani is a citizen of Saudi Arabia.  He was lawfully admitted into the United States on a student visa.  Alqahtani is currently enrolled at the University of New Mexico School of Engineering.

            Alqahtani is currently in custody pending a detention hearing on December 16.  He faces up to ten years in prison if convicted of the charged offense.  A criminal complaint is only an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

            The Albuquerque office of the FBI investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney George Kraehe is prosecuting the case.

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Press Release Number: 
19-195
Updated December 16, 2019