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Valpo man gets two years in federal firearms case

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A Valparaiso resident was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a charge of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.

Manolo Lopez-Ramirez, 27 was sentenced last week to 27 months in prison and one year of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Lopez-Ramirez was arrested by U.S. Customs in 2011 on a charge of fraud and was under deportation proceedings when he was arrested on the firearms charge, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the NWI High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police, and the Indiana State Police.



Posted 6/3/2013