Edinburg Man Sentenced for Illegal Gun and Ammo Possession
MCALLEN– A Rio Grande Valley was sentenced Wednesday to nearly six years in prison for a felon who was in possession of a firearm and ammunition when he was prohibited from doing that.
Sergio Cepeda, who is from Edingburg and considered to be a Valluco Prison Gang member by authorities, was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment and two years of supervised release.
Cepeda was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 139th District Court in Hidalgo County on March 9, 2010. Cepeda was prohibited by law from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers and Edinburg Police Department (EPD) officers armed with a warrant for Cepeda’s arrest on state charges conducted surveillance at his Edinburg home in the summer nearly two years ago.
Investigating officers saw a vehicle leave the residence with Cepeda riding as a passenger, conducted a traffic stop and took Cepeda into custody. Officers then returned to the residence with a search warrant and found a .40 caliber pistol loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition along with letters and photographs depicting Cepeda’s involvement with the “Vallucos” prison gang in a bedroom used by Cepeda.
Cepeda admitted to having purchased the pistol from a relative and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) confirmed Cepeda was a convicted felon.
Cepeda was convicted after pleaded guilty last April and admitting to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He will remain in federal custody pending transfer to a Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future.
Cepeda still faces two state court cases for aggravated assaults.
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