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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Virginia

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Dana J. Boente
, United States Attorney
Contact: Deanna Warren

Woman Who Sold Guns, Drugs and Fake Grenade Sentenced to Prison

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Maria Del Carmen Flores Beltran, 43, of Stephenson, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for selling over 400 grams of cocaine and a dozen firearms, ammunition and a fake grenade to ATF agents in 2015.

Flores Beltran pleaded guilty on February 17.  According to court documents, in June 2015, ATF identified Flores Beltran, who is an illegal alien from El Salvador, as a potential cocaine distributor. From July 2015 to December 2015, ATF agents carried out 13 controlled buys from Flores Beltran, purchasing a total of approximately 402 grams of cocaine. ATF agents also purchased 12 firearms, various types of ammunition, and a hoax grenade. The firearms sold by Flores Beltran included two rifles, three shotguns (one modified with a shortened barrel and stock), four semi-automatic handguns, two revolvers, and an M1-style .30 caliber pistol with a high capacity magazine. On multiple occasions, Flores Beltran sold cocaine and firearms together during the same transaction.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Michael Boxler, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.  Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Tyler McGaughey prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:16-cr-40.

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