Orlando, FL – A man who was busted last year in DeLand for illegal drugs and weapons charges and illegally re-entering the United States has been sentenced this week to four years and three months in federal prison.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, 57-year-old Aniceto Aguirre-Cardenas pled guilty on March 8th to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, for possessing a firearm as an illegal alien and for illegally reentering the United States following deportation. He was sentenced on Tuesday.
Aguirre-Cardenas was convicted in 1993 for conspiracy to distribute marijuana, distribution of marijuana and use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. He was sentenced to over 12 years in prison and was removed from the United States in 2003.
According to law enforcement, Aguirre-Cardenas came back into the country without permission and was arrested following a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office traffic stop where he was a passenger in a vehicle along Mercer Fernery Rd. in DeLand last June.
Deputies recovered a revolver from underneath Aguirre-Cardenas’s seat along with numerous rounds of ammunition, baggies containing more than 24 grams of cocaine and drug trafficking paraphernalia from the vehicle.
Aguirre-Cardenas, who is a Mexican citizen, told deputies that he possibly had an open warrant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement Department.