News Release
March 4, 2008

Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty to Possession of Meth and Rifle
Possessed an AR-15 Rifle and 94 Grams of Substance Containing Meth

MAR 4 --LOUISVILLE, KY - Fernado Ortiz, age 26, 1212 Lipps Lane, Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County, pled guilty to possession of more than 5 grams of methamphetamine for the purpose of distribution, and possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.

Ortiz admitted that on October 6, 2006, he possessed more than 94 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine with the intent of distributing it. Ortiz also admitted that he possessed an AR-15 rifle which was a criminal offense as a result of his status as an illegal alien. He also possessed five magazines together with fifty-nine rounds of ammunition. The street value of the methamphetamine is approximately $4,000. The methamphetamine and rifle were found when Louisville Metro police responded to an allegation that Ortiz had committed a sexual assault.

The maximum potential penalties are fifty years imprisonment, a $2,250,000 fine, and supervised release from four years to life. He also faces a minimum term of imprisonment of five years. Ortiz is an illegal alien and will be subject to deportation after serving any sentence.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr., and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Louisville Metro Police Department.

The plea was entered before Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., Judge, United States District Court, Louisville, Kentucky.

Ortiz is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge McKinley on June 9, 2008, at 11:00 a.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.