Yuma Man Sentenced to 52 Months in Prison for Conspiracy

Omar Molina-Galeana, 22, of Yuma, was sentenced last week by United States District Judge David G. Campbell to 52 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Molina-Galeana pleaded guilty on June 13, 2023, to Conspiracy.

Between November 3, 2021, and April 14, 2022, Molina-Galeana obtained 48 firearms using nine “straw purchasers.” Each straw purchaser made false statements and representations regarding the actual purchaser of the firearm(s) to gun stores in Arizona.

This case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement, and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation in this case. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.