California: Three Arrested in Firearms Trafficking Investigation

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.

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LOS ANGELES – -(Ammoland.com)- Three men were arrested on drug and firearms charges stemming from a six-month firearms investigation in South Los Angeles that netted 22 guns.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), along with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Metropolitan Division’s Crime Impact Team (CIT), targeted individuals making Glock-style pistols and AR-style rifles and selling them without a license. Beginning in February 2020, law enforcement began purchasing firearms from the individuals in controlled purchases.

Fredi Castillo-Vega, aka “Listo” or “Fredy Vega,” 30, of Los Angeles, and Dallas Clavelle aka “Kash”, 23, of Los Angeles, were charged by a federal grand jury with the distribution of methamphetamine, engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, possession of machineguns, possession of unregistered firearms, possession of firearms without serial numbers, and felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Rodney Hall, 60, of Los Angeles, was charged by Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office with sales of a controlled substance.  Jorge Padilla, 27 of Los Angeles, was charged by the state with sale of an assault weapon. Louis Soloman, 25, of Long Beach, was charged by the state with felon in possession of a firearm.

Throughout the firearms investigation, the defendants allegedly sold weapons and narcotics to undercover operatives, including:

Feb. 26, 2020  Castillo-Vega and Clavelle Two 9 mm pistols and an AR-type privately made firearm commonly referred to as a “ghost gun”
March 11, 2020 Castillo-Vega and Clavelle A Glock-type, ghost gun pistol; .380-caliber pistol; AR-type, ghost gun pistol; and an AK-type rifle
July 2, 2020 Castillo-Vega 9 mm pistol; 12-guage shotgun; and a 22LR pistol
July 9, 2020 Castillo-Vega Three Glock-type, ghost gun pistols and 196 grams of methamphetamine
July 15, 2020 Castillo-Vega Two AR-type, ghost gun rifles; and a 12-gauge shot gun
Aug. 4, 2020 Soloman AR-type, ghost gun pistol; 45-caliber pistol; and a Glock-type, ghost gun pistol
Aug. 5, 2020 Clavelle AR-type, ghost gun rifle
Aug. 5, 2020 Padilla AR-type, ghost gun rifle; two high-capacity AR magazines; double drum AR-type magazine; 20 rounds of .223-caliber ammunition
Aug. 19, 2020 Clavelle .40-caliber pistol
Aug. 19, 2020 Hall 234 grams of methamphetamine

According to the grand jury indictment, in March and July, 2020 Castillo-Vega possessed a machinegun, specifically a conversion device known as a “Glock switch” that is designed and intended solely and exclusively for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun. In July 2020, Castillo-Vega also was in possession of an AR-type, ghost gun rifle, and a short-barreled rifle without serial numbers that had not been registered per the National Firearms Act.

The indictment states that on Aug. 19, 2020, Clavelle possessed a .40-caliber pistol and more than 50 rounds of ammunition.

Federal law requires individuals who are engaged in the business of dealing in firearms be licensed by ATF. Dealing in firearms without a license is a federal felony punishable by up to five years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, or both.

Soloman and Castilla-Vega are fugitives and are still being sought by law enforcement.

This matter was investigated by the ATF with the Los Angeles Police Department – Metropolitan Division – ATF Task Force, Crime Impact Team (CIT) providing assistance. The federal case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

For more information, follow ATF LAFD on Twitter @LosAngelesATF.


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of 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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GomeznSA

Hmm – IIRC a punk named dontray mills essentially got away with a whole lot more than these creeps did. Seems he and his crew stole 55 guns, sold many of them across state lines and he got essentially probation as the judge ‘felt’ he was young enough to turn his life around. Where were the oh so vigilant bats on that one?
BTW – they also stole two Norton motorcycles in that escapade as well. Sounds like modern day horse theft to me…………..

Deplorable Bill

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The second amendment,THE law of the land. Any law that runs counter to constitutional law is null and void per the SCOTUS re; Mayberry vs Madison. Therefore all firearms laws are unconstitutional and null and void. Now, who are the criminals? The actual crimes here are meth and dealing meth and enforcing illegal, unconstitutional laws by the atfe, their lawyers and the judge along with anyone who aided them. They should ALL be arrested and tried… Read more »

nrringlee

Organized crime based upon prohibitions. Gang bangers who are in the drug trade. I am venturing a guess here: not a NRA member in the crowd.

DIYinSTL

Nothing wrong with PMFs, machine guns, “assault weapons,” or firearms without serial numbers (unless removed.) For the other things, yeah, bust their asses. However, we must consider the number of burglaries, i.e. gun thefts, that did NOT happen because they were selling PMFs.

uncle dudley

What a joke the ATF is, California is home to over 40 million people and these guys are bragging about 3 people they arrested after half a year investigation.

DarryH

Sounds like law enforcement did a great job!!! The public is safer for all this hard work!

JSNMGC

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), along with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Metropolitan Division’s Crime Impact Team (CIT), targeted individuals making Glock-style pistols and AR-style rifles and selling them without a license.”

Stag

Amazing how people will come to a gun forum to cheer on thieves, kidnappers, and murderers who’s sole purpose is to violate rights.

JSNMGC

Some: Support the enforcement of any law (and thank the enforcers for their service); Refuse to see the extent to which the BATFE needs state/county/city/town law enforcement (even when the BATFE comes right out and says it with their PSN program); Applaud the enforcement of an unconscionable law if it “gets someone of the street” when the police say the person is bad; Engage in class warfare and repeat the same rhetoric that Marx used to incite people to discard capitalism and replace it with the state; and Make the most ridiculous excuses for not getting involved to replace Cornyn… Read more »

musicman44mag

Sounds like they got a mexican drug running gun dealing gang/cartel to me. They need to get their ass in OreGONE and take care of the mexican drug cartels that tote machine guns here and threaten the people if they don’t shut up, they will kill them.

Yes, I have read of that happening in Klamath falls but I haven’t read where the ATF, local police, national guard or any other alphabet agency went in and cleaned up the mess yet. Why?

swmft

they want you to be afraid, im to old to be afraid i figure shoot them all god will sort it out

PMinFl

Too dangerous.