Deported immigrant admits firearm violation in Mississippi

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – A deported immigrant has pleaded guilty to a firearm violation.

The Sun Herald reports 27-year-old Carlos Efrain Chavez-Alas, from El Salvador, pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a firearm by a person unlawfully present in the United States. The charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Chavez-Alas agreed to forfeit a firearm to federal agents. Court records show the weapon was found Jan. 4 in a raid of his Gulfport home.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden will sentence him May 24.