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Convicted Felon Arrested on Fresh Weapons Charges Last Year Sentenced to 12 Months in Federal Court

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U.S. Attorney Delia L. Smith announced that Moises Figueroa, Jr., a 48-year-old from St. Croix, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison by District Court Judge Wilma A. Lewis. Figueroa, a convicted felon, was found guilty of possessing a firearm. In addition to the prison sentence, he was given two years of supervised release, a $2,000 fine, and a special assessment of $100.

On May 26, 2021, federal law enforcement agents carried out a controlled delivery at the Frederiksted Post Office in St. Croix, intercepting two packages containing firearms. Figueroa was arrested after collecting the packages, and a loaded Taurus semi-automatic pistol was seized from his waistband. He was charged with illegal possession of the firearm, given his prior gun-related felony conviction in 2007.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel H. Huston prosecuting the matter. The case is part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, which aims to reduce violent crime by bringing together federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and community leaders.

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