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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Arizona
Gary M. Restaino, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Convicted Felon Sentenced to Seven Years for Possession of Firearms

TUCSON, Ariz. – Luis Salvador Flores, 50, of Glendale, Arizona was sentenced on October 31, 2022, by United States District Judge John C. Hinderaker to 84 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release. Flores previously pleaded guilty to Possession of Firearms by a Convicted Felon.

On November 17, 2020, law enforcement officers from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department stopped Flores for a suspected traffic code infraction as he was driving to oversee a methamphetamine sale in Tucson, Arizona. Inside of Flores’s vehicle, officers found two semi-automatic firearms, a loaded Glock 9mm pistol, and an ATI Omni Hybrid 5.56/.223 caliber rifle, as well as magazines and ammunition. Flores admitted that he had intended to provide “security” for the drug deal, which was anticipated to involve approximately 200 pounds of methamphetamine. The intended transaction never occurred because Flores was intercepted by the law enforcement officers as he was enroute to the drug deal location.

Flores had over 20 prior felony counts of conviction on his record at the time of his arrest, arising out of multiple prior criminal state court cases. Consequently, he was and is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Tucson, Arizona conducted the investigation, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael R. Lizano, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.


RELEASE NUMBER: 2022-205_Flores

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