A Mexican national who was originally arrested for allegedly being in possession of multiple guns and methamphetamine is now also facing charges for being in the U.S. illegally.
Jose Alfredo Bustos-Bustos, an illegal immigrant, was arrested in January after being stopped in a vehicle by police, allegedly seizing more than 1,000 grams of meth, and later, nine firearms from his residence, according to court records obtained by Breitbart Texas.
Police said they saw Bustos-Bustos involved in a drug exchange before pulling him over. When police searched Bustos-Bustos’ home, they allegedly found the following firearms:
- 9mm Smith & Wesson Pistol
- .25 caliber Hunter Firearms pistol
- .22 caliber Jennings pistol
- 9 mm HiPoint pistol
- 12 gauge Mossberg Shotgun
- 62 mm Norinco AK47 rifle
- .38 caliber Smith and Wesson Air Weight revolver
- .223 caliber M&P AR15 style rifle
- .38 caliber revolver with obliterated serial number
Also inside the apartment, police say, was a statue of Saint Jesus Malverde, whom police said in court records is the patron saint of drug traffickers.
After court hearings on the case, Bustos-Bustos was released on bond, despite his illegal immigrant status, until the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed a federal complaint nearly a month later, court records reveal.
Bustos-Bustos was taken into federal custody by ICE, with the agency saying the illegal immigrant had a prior criminal history and had already been ordered to be deported by an immigration judge in Fresno, California.
Bustos-Bustos was ordered to remain in ICE custody, as prosecutors are afraid that releasing him would prompt him to flee before he is charged.
The illegal immigrant is awaiting a deportation hearing where he is expected to be deported.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.