Illegal alien indicted for possession of shotgun in Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say an illegal alien has been indicted for possessing a shotgun  in Charleston County.

United States Attorney Bill Nettles says that Miguel Ramirez-Gallardo has been charged in a one count indictment that alleges that while an illegal alien in the United States, Ramirez-Gallardo possessed a shotgun and ammunition in Charleston County.

The indictment was returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Charleston.  Under federal immigration law, illegal aliens are prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated the maximum penalty Ramirez-Gallardo could receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment of 10 years.

Nettles stated that the case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security and that he has assigned the case to Assistant U.S. Attorney H. Christopher Coates.

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