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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Ohio
For Immediate Release
Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-sdoh
Friday, September 22, 2023

Illegal Alien Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Possessing Dozens of Guns

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Guadalupe Sanchez-Cruz, 50, of Indianapolis, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 48 months in prison for possessing 45 guns as an illegal alien.

According to court documents, Sanchez-Cruz is an illegal alien and therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Sanchez-Cruz, who is originally from Mexico, was the passenger in a truck transporting 45 firearms from Indiana to New Jersey. The defendant was stopped by law enforcement in Ohio on Jan. 20.

Sanchez-Cruz told law enforcement officials he was paid to help transport parcels and knew the items contained within were “likely illegal.” The 45 firearms included handguns and rifles, some with high-capacity magazines. They were heavily wrapped in plastic and contained in two boxes on the truck.

Sanchez-Cruz was indicted in February 2023 and pleaded guilty in April 2023.

Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Daryl S. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Charles A. Jones; announced the sentence imposed on Sept. 21 by U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Watson. Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth A. Geraghty is representing the United States in this case.

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