ALBION – A man who has been deported twice by U.S. Immigrations and Customs and who was also wanted for a shooting in another state was captured and found in possession of a loaded weapon by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force and Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Thursday.
Leonel Lopez-Alvardo, 30, of West Academy St., was stopped on West Bank Street. After determining that he was wanted on an aggravated assault charge in Michigan and was an illegal immigrant who had been deported in 2009 and again in 2010, officials conducted a search of his residence on West Academy Street and found a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, ammunition, and fraudulent alien registration and social security cards.
Lopez-Alvardo was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and two counts fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
He was arraigned in Town of Albion Court before Justice Gary Moore and was remanded on $5,000 bail to Orleans County Jail. A return court date was set for Tuesday.
He is also being held on a detainer filed by U.S. Immigration and Customs, facing numerous federal charges, and also faces extradition to Michigan for aggravated assault with a firearm.