El Paso Texas Man Sentenced for Firearms Violation

Editors Note: The following press release is directly from ATF. Regular readers of AmmoLand News know our stance on the unaccountable Federal Agency: No comment. We invite our readers to leave their hard-hitting insights in the comments below.

El Paso Texas Man Sentenced for Firearms Violation – IMG Dave Workman

EL PASO – -(AmmoLand.com)- An El Paso man was sentenced on Tuesday to 41 months in prison for dealing firearms without a license.

According to court documents and testimony at trial, between December 2019 and August 2020, Jose Luis Garcia Jr., 34, purchased at least 49 firearms from Federal Firearm Licensees located in El Paso.  Agents observed that Garcia, who was living in Mexico at the time, would often cross into the U.S. for just a few hours to purchase firearms and then return to Mexico.  On August 8, 2020, Garcia was interviewed by federal agents and asked if he currently owned any of the 49 firearms he had purchased.  Garcia responded he did not own any firearms at the time.

On August 11, 2021, a federal jury found Garcia guilty of one count of dealing firearms without a license.

“As this case readily demonstrates, our office will aggressively prosecute federal firearms violations, particularly when firearms are being placed in the hands of prohibited persons or trafficked to Mexico,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff.

“Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) prioritizes the safety of our community as well as security along the Southwest Border. The trafficking of illegal firearms and ammunition in the United States oftentimes results in weapons falling into the hands of Transnational Criminal Organizations in Mexico. This illicit activity fuels not only crime but aids in sparking violence on both sides of the border,” said HSI Acting Special Agent in Charge Taekuk Cho, El Paso Division.

“Firearms trafficking is a top priority for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and we will continue to leverage both human resources and crime gun intelligence to tackle the issue. We know that violence does not stop at the border and by leveraging the partnerships that law enforcement has we can continue to address the dangerous and illicit activity of firearms trafficking,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey C. Boshek II, Dallas Division.

HSI and ATF investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory McDonald and Ellen Denum prosecuted the case.

Dallas Field Division


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of the federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.

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BaerArms
BaerArms (@baerarms)
11 days ago

so if he lived in Mexico how did he

  1. transport the firearms into Mexico
  2. buy the firearms from FFL’s
  3. and when did they start to watch him? gun 1, 5, 10, 20?
Bones
Bones (@harly69g)
14 days ago

Can the ATF go after Brandon Bidon for trafficking in all those weapons to the Towelaban?

willyd
willyd (@willyd)
14 days ago
Reply to  Bones

They won’t, DADDY IS THE PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don
Don (@kivaari)
15 days ago

It is a good thing Garcia was interdicted and imprisoned. Excusing his acts because of Fast and Furious is stupid. F&F needed the bosses charged, but that is another story.

2gats
2gats (@2-gats)
15 days ago

AMMOLAND – Stop bending over and providing a forum for atf assholes.

The only information I want to see published about atf is THEIR HOME ADDRESSES where they keep their dogs.

Any asshole who would work for atf is a traitor to the constitution and a POS that would screw their mother.

PUBLISH THEIR HOME ADDRESSES

JPM
JPM (@jpm)
15 days ago

That’s how the BATF eliminates the competition. BATF maintains the monopoly of being the only ones allowed to smuggle guns into Mexico by eliminating any competition through trumped up false charges and evidence and then turns it into B.S. articles like this one in an effort to try and make themselves look like heroes instead of the corrupt pack of incompetent liars and criminal that they really are.

Choogie
Choogie (@choogie)
15 days ago
Reply to  JPM

Quite frankly not every thing that the ATF does is a bad thing and it seems to me that the time to oppose them is not at a time when they are doing the correct thing. I for one do not like the idea of anyone buying guns and taking them across the border and selling them to whoever, only to watch the illegal cartels and gangs bring these guns back into the USA only to use them against our own citizens. You and I. Did the ATF do the right thing? You damn right they did. I hope they… Read more »

TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
15 days ago
Reply to  Choogie

You do see the hypocrisy, though, don’t you? ATF commits the same crime and imprisons others for doing it while those involved at the ATF never faced any charges.

Oh, but that’s OK. They were just doing evil for good.

Tionico
Tionico (@tionico)
15 days ago
Reply to  TexDad

True enough. Their ding the right thing ending this guy’s little personal Fast and Furiious gig. HE should not have been supplying the narctraficantes. By the same measure, BATF did in fact engage in the exact same gig, and for that every individual agent who participated in that sick sideshow ought to serve the same forty one months in the Joint, orange onesie included. Just ont, though. Let htem stew in their own putrid stench for a good part of that time.

AND disband BATF. WOrse than usleess unconstitutional outfit.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
15 days ago
Reply to  Choogie

On balance, the BATFE must go. Build the wall. Restore the Republic.

TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
15 days ago

The only firearms violations are the ones being committed by our government.

linkman
linkman (@linkman)
15 days ago

He should have simply kept quiet. He had a right to remain silent.

Autsin Miller III
Autsin Miller III (@austin-miller-iii)
16 days ago

Huh. Looks like there may be a future in the ATF for Mr. Garcia, they did the same thing.

Tionico
Tionico (@tionico)
15 days ago

Yup. He’d come pretrained.