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Man sentenced for illegal firearms possession, drug trafficking from home

June 14, 2017

MISSION — A man who ran a narcotics operation through his home in Mission was ordered Tuesday to federal prison for eight years and four months followed by three years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jose Paco Villegas, 48, pleaded guilty on March 31 to being a felon illegally possessing firearms and affecting interstate and foreign commerce. U.S. District Judge Randy Crane increased the sentence when the investigation revealed Villegas’ connection to drug trafficking crimes.

Villegas sold cocaine to undercover agents multiple times during the month-long investigation, according to the attorney’s office. After searching his home, authorities found approximately one kilogram of marijuana, 230 grams of cocaine, several handguns, and over $10,000.

Villegas cannot legally own a firearm due to previous felony offenses. These include theft, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, delivery of a controlled substance, and use of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.