Emmanuel Guillen, 21, a citizen of Mexico residing in Russellville, was charged in a federal criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Jefferson City, Mo.
The complaint charges Guillen with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm.
According to an affidavit filed in support of todayâ€™s criminal complaint, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Guillenâ€™s residence on Thursday, March 20, 2014, as part of an investigation into alleged narcotics sales at that location.
Officers found a box in a bedroom closet that contained five plastic containers, the affidavit says, which contained a total of 625 grams of methamphetamine. Two bags of methamphetamine, totaling 60 grams, were found in a vehicle parked in the driveway. Officers also found 21 firearms â€“ including handguns, rifles and shotguns â€“ in the residence and in two vehicles parked in the driveway. Two of the firearms have shortened barrels and neither has a serial number. Officers found a small safe in the bedroom closet that contained $13,168; Guillen also had $2,504 in his wallet.
Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this complaint are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Cole County, Mo., Sheriffâ€™s Department, the MUSTANG Drug Task Force and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).