BOISE – Edgar Flores-Moreno, 36, of Caldwell, Idaho, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today. A federal grand jury indicted Flores-Moreno on August 14, 2019.
According to court records, in July 2019, agents arrested Flores-Moreno in Nampa, Idaho for being an alien unlawfully present in the United States after deportation. Subsequent investigation revealed that Flores-Moreno possessed eleven firearms at his residence in Caldwell. This included two semi-automatic rifles with high-capacity magazines. Flores-Moreno is prohibited from possessing firearms due to his status as an alien unlawfully present in the United States, as well as prior felony convictions for statutory rape and attempted illegal reentry into the United States after deportation.
This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Nampa Police Department.
This case was prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program. PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please visit: https://www.justice.gov/projectguardian.
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