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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of New Mexico
Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Albuquerque Man Sentenced to 7 Years for Illegal Firearms Possession

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced today that Arthur Quintana was sentenced to 86 months in prison. Quintana, 45, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty on Feb. 7, 2023, to being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition.

According to the plea agreement and other court records, on June 6, 2021, a property owner discovered Quintana and others in a trailer in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. As the property owner called 911 to report the incident, Quintana fled in a Ford Explorer. Bernalillo County Sheriff Deputies responding to the call and conducted a traffic stop as Quintana was leaving the area. Quintana told the deputies that he had two firearms and consented to a search of the vehicle. The deputies found two loaded handguns under the front passenger seat. In his plea, Quintana admitted that he knew that as a previously convicted felon and that he could not legally possess firearms or ammunition.

Upon his release from prison, Quintana will be subject to 3 years of supervised release.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Alexander F. Flores prosecuted the case.

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