For Immediate Release
El Salvadoran National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearm Possession
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Elian David Vasquez-Lopez, 23, of El Salvador, entered a guilty plea to possession of a firearm and ammunition by an illegal alien.
The indictment alleged that on July 17, Vasquez-Lopez, knowing he was an illegal alien unlawfully in the United States, unlawfully possessed a firearm and ammunition.
During a July 17 traffic stop, law enforcement discovered Vasquez-Lopez in possession of a 9mm C9 pistol and ammunition.
The charges arose from an investigation by the Kiowa Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The Honorable Gerald L. Jackson, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the U.S.s District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report. Vasquez-Lopez was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals pending sentencing.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Lorenz represented the United States.