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Undocumented Alien with Guns Convicted

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

LAREDO, Texas – A Mexican national living illegally in Laredo has been convicted of having a firearm in violation of federal law, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Jose Angel Villarreal-Sanchez, 42, entered his guilty plea this morning before U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo.

Following a tip, law enforcement went to Villarreal-Sanchez’s home in Laredo on May 14, 2015, where he had been living illegally for some time. It was there that agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) discovered he possessed a pistol and a firearm in his bedroom. A criminal complaint was filed the following day which further detailed that agents had also found three baggies of cocaine hidden in some chicken feed in Villarreal-Sanchez’s back yard.

Villarreal-Sanchez has been in custody since his arrest on May 14, 2015, where he will remain pending his sentencing hearing, set for Dec. 7, 2015. At that time, he faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by HSI with the assistance of the Laredo Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jose Homero Ramirez is prosecuting the case.

Updated February 4, 2016