Mexican National Sentenced for Being an Unlawful Alien and Distribution of Methamphetamine

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WILMINGTON, DE — David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Porfirio Jimenez-Arizmendi, age 31, a Mexican national unlawfully in the United States and residing in Lincoln, was sentenced Tuesday, January 10, to 96 months in prison for being an unlawful alien in possession of a firearm and for distribution of methamphetamine. U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika pronounced the sentence. Mr. Jimenez-Arizmendi, who pled guilty on July 25, 2022, will face removal proceedings upon the completion of his federal prison sentence.

According to court documents, on February 18, 2021, Jimenez-Arizmendi sold approximately 9 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, with an approximate 97% purity, for $9,000.  During his arrest for that crime, officers recovered a semiautomatic pistol and seven rounds of ammunition in the pocket of a jacket found on the front passenger seat of the car Jimenez-Arizmendi was driving.

U.S. Attorney Weiss stated, “On a daily basis law enforcement and our communities face the consequences of a gun and drug epidemic. Today’s sentence holds Mr. Jimenez-Arizmendi accountable for his dangerous and illegal behavior.

“Jimenez-Arizmendi sold multi-ounce quantities of extremely pure methamphetamine, which is an illicit stimulant drug that has had a devastating effect on our community,” said Thomas Hodnett, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Philadelphia Field Division.  “Jimenez-Arimendi will justifiably face deportation once his federal prison sentence is done.”

The case was investigated by the Delaware State Police and the DEA and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edmond Falgowski.

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