For Immediate Release
Mexican National Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
BOISE — Oscar Ayala-Arizmendi, 36, from Guerrero, Mexico, was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Ayala-Arizmendi will be deported at the end of his prison term. U.S. District Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered forfeiture of the firearm.
The sentence was the result of an investigation in May, 2014, by Twin Falls, Idaho law enforcement officers who searched Ayala-Arizmendi’s residence on suspicion of another offense, and found him in possession of a Maadi, Cadet model, 9mm semi-automatic pistol that had been manufactured and shipped from Egypt in interstate and foreign commerce.
“Persons in this country illegally should be aware that federal law prohibits them from possessing a firearm, and that this law will be vigorously enforced,” said Olson.
The case is the result of the cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office.