Sarasota, FL Men Charged With International Arms Trafficking

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Sarasota, FL Men Charged With International Arms Trafficking

Tampa, Florida – -(AmmoLand.com)- United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of a superseding indictment charging Romen Rafael Perez (47, Sarasota), Pedro Perez-Garcia (51, Sarasota), and Juan Miguel Martinez-Garcia (33, Sarasota) with conspiracy, making a false statement to a firearms dealer, delivery of firearms to a common carrier for shipment in foreign commerce without written notice, and smuggling goods from the United States.

If convicted on all counts, each faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison.

According to the superseding indictment, during the course of the conspiracy, Perez, Perez-Garcia, and Martinez-Garcia purchased more than 80 firearms from federally licensed firearms dealers located in the Middle District of Florida.

The defendants represented themselves to be the actual buyers of each firearm at the time of purchase, despite having preexisting plans to ship those firearms to the Dominican Republic. During shipment, the men hid the firearms among innocuous items, such as clothing and food, and failed to inform the common carrier that the packages contained firearms.

On September 11, 2019, investigators intercepted one such package destined for Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Inside, they discovered and seized 12 Glock semi-automatic 9mm handguns and accompanying magazines, as well as speed loaders hidden within several packages of breakfast cereal.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( ATF )This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlton C. Gammons.

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hippybiker
hippybiker
1 year ago

I see a problem here. Under 18 usc 922 its 5 years for each firearm. That’s 60 years! Just saying.

StWayne
StWayne
1 year ago

I remember when Top Cop Eric Holder was guilty of the same thing only, he was Attorney General of the United States.

UncleT
UncleT
1 year ago

Yep, can’t take potential clients away from the federal Government. That’s the criminal part.

Justista
Justista
1 year ago

Sounds like smugglers to me. I don’t see a problem.

Tionico
Tionico
1 year ago
Reply to  Justista

Except WHY is it a crime to buy something then ship it to somewhere else? Exporting the breakfast crunchies does not seem to have been illegel/ WHY are handguns any different? If anything, the officials in the DR, where such things are generally illegal, should have been the ones to get their knickers in a twist. WHY is it “criminal” to ship guns out of the country? As to sending them in the post, why is THIS a crime? FFL dealers do it all the time, and we CAN ship long guns through the post. WHY not handguns? This is… Read more »