McALLEN — A previously convicted felon was sentenced Monday to more than two years in prison on federal weapons violations, court records show.
U.S. District Judge Randy Crane handed down a 25-month federal prison sentence to Andres Rangel for violating federal law by being in possession of two “inert” grenades and ammunition for a .45 caliber firearm. Rangel is legally prohibited from possessing such weapons because of a prior felony conviction, records show.
Rangel was found in possession of the dummy grenades and ammunition on July 17, 2017, after federal agents conducted a sweep of his parent’s home in Edcouch, the complaint against him stated.
Working on information provided by an unknown person, special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, searched Rangel’s parent’s home after obtaining permission from his father.
Rangel’s father showed agents where his son had his belongings, inside the rear laundry room.
“As a result of the written consent to search, agents discovered two grenade hulls located inside a box in the laundry room,” the complaint stated. “Agents observed both grenades appeared to be inert. Additionally, agents discovered eight rounds of federal .45 caliber auto ammunition located on the table next to the men’s clothing.”
Two days later, agents met with Rangel, who was in custody at the Hidalgo County jail on unrelated state charges.
During his interview with federal agents, Rangel admitted to being the owner of the ammunition found inside his father’s home.
“A. Rangel stated he had the ammunition in his possession for approximately five to six years,” the document read.
Rangel, 38, was prohibited from possessing of any firearms and ammunition because of a felony burglary of habitation conviction in 1998, court records show.
He was sentenced to 10 years in state prison in connection with that conviction.
In addition to the burglary charge, Rangel had also been convicted in connection with several crimes post-1998, including convictions for theft in 2001 and 2015, and driving while intoxicated in 2006, according to court records.
Most recently, Rangel pleaded guilty to a burglary of habitation charge in March 2018, records show.
He also pleaded true in December 2017 to one count of unlawful transport of firearms.
Rangel will be required to serve three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term and must participate in a drug rehabilitation program, court notes show.