ST. PAUL — A Mexican national was sentenced to 120 months in prison after TSA agents in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport found firearms and methamphetamine in his luggage, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.
According to court documents, on October 29, 2021, 21-year-old Kevin Alan Aguilar-Moreno attempted to board a Delta Airlines flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix, checking two suitcases before boarding. Transportation Security Administration screening determined that Aguilar-Moreno’s luggage contained approximately one kilogram of methamphetamine; an FN pistol, model 509 9×19; a Rock Island Armory 1911 A1-FS pistol; an AR-15 firearm without a serial number; eight rifle and handgun magazines; and 241 rounds of .223 ammunition, including 39 armor-piercing rounds. Aguilar-Moreno admitted that he obtained the narcotics from an individual in Red Wing, Minnesota, and planned to sell them in Phoenix, Arizona.
Law enforcement determined the AR-15 type firearm to be a privately made firearm commonly referred to as a “ghost gun” because it lacks a serial number, making them difficult for law enforcement to trace.
On March 30, 2022, Aguilar-Moreno pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court before Judge Eric C. Tostrud.
The case was the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, Transportation Security Administration, Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew S. Dunne prosecuted the case.