Misael ‘Salao’ Melendez Pleads Guilty To Illegal Gun Charges In Federal Court
U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe
CHRISTIANSTED – A 50-year-old St. Croix man pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a gun this week, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Misael “Salao” Melendez pleaded guilty to those charges on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Estate Golden Rock, said U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe.
According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on February 11, 2015, Melendez sold a stolen .22 caliber rifle to an undercover informant.
Melendez had been previously convicted in 2009 of the felony of possession with intent to distribute cocaine in U.S. District Court in the territory.
Melendez faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has been set for June 1.
The case is the result of months of investigative work by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Virgin Islands Police Department.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian Stringer.
A .22 caliber rifle
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