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Sesser Man Sentenced For Firearm Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

Admitted Use of Drugs While Possessing Firearm

Robert D. Olguin, 47, from Sesser, IL, was sentenced on July 29, 2013, in United States District Court in East St. Louis, IL, on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of a controlled substance, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Olguin was sentenced to 5 years on probation, a $100 fine and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. He also agreed to forfeit the firearm.

On October 18, 2012, a motorcycle patrol officer running radar checks on vehicles, clocked a pick-up truck driven by Olguin traveling over the maximum allowable speed limit of 65 mph in Mascoutah, IL. The officer executed a traffic stop and noticed a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle as he approached. He advised Olguin of the reason for the traffic stop, and asked if there was marijuana in the car. Olguin handed the officer a small Altoid can retrieved from a floorboard on the passenger side of the truck. It contained a small leafy-like substance, as well as a smoking device. A further search of the vehicle uncovered a loaded rifle in an open case in the back driver’s side door of this vehicle and two manila envelopes containing approximately thirty grams of marijuana. Olguin admitted ownership of the firearm and his intent to smoke the marijuana.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.

Updated February 19, 2015