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Felon from Mexico living in Benton pleads guilty to illegally re-entering U.S., possessing firearm

SHREVEPORT, La.  Illegal alien and felon Shandy Salgado-Almendaris, 39, of Mexico, pleaded guilty today before Chief Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. to one count of re-entry of a removed alien and one count of felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph announced.  

According to the guilty plea, Bossier Parish Narcotics Task Force agents encountered Salgado-Almendaris on August 9, 2018 at his Benton, Louisiana, residence. Agents discovered a Rohm GmbH (RG Industries), Model: RG-14, .22-caliber revolver in the master bedroom area.  Agents seized the firearm and arrested Salgado-Almendaris. He was later found to be an illegal alien who had been previously removed from the United States three times - September 30, 2010, November 10, 2010, and September 12, 2013 in Texas and Louisiana.  The defendant is also a felon who was convicted of possession of cocaine in 2003.

Salgado-Almendaris faces 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for each count.  Hicks set the sentencing date for May 30, 2019.

United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Bossier Parish Narcotics Task Force investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian C. Flanagan is prosecuting the case.