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10/01/2009

Illegal alien sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for drug, firearm and immigration violations

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Luis Alfredo Osobampo-Campos, 29, was sentenced yesterday to 101 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and illegal re-entry of a removed alien. The sentence follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE's) Office of Detention and Removal in New Orleans.

ICE deportation officers assigned to the New Orleans Criminal Alien Program (CAP) encountered Osobampo-Campos, a Mexican national, at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Gretna, La. on Nov. 19, 2008. Osobampo-Campos was being held on local charges for narcotics violations and possession of stolen firearms by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, Osobampo-Campos pleaded guilty on March 18 to four counts of an indictment admitting that in Jefferson Parish on Nov. 17, 2008, he knowingly possessed 31 grams of cocaine hydrochloride that he intended to distribute. He further admitted that at the same time, he possessed a Berretta .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a Smith & Wesson .50 caliber revolver. He also admitted that he had previously been removed from the United States and re-entered the country illegally.

Osobampo-Campos was convicted in 2001 in Arizona for possession and sale of narcotics prior to his removal from the United States. That aggravated felony conviction served as the basis for a sentence enhancement for his illegal re-entry offense and was an element of his felon in possession of a firearm offense.

"Our success with CAP is largely due to the cooperative spirit between ICE and local law enforcement agencies that results in removing thousands of criminal aliens from our communities every year," said Philip Miller, field office director for the ICE Office of Detention and Removal in New Orleans.

The case was investigated by ICE and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Christopher Cox and Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Robert Weir.