International Firearms Smuggler Sentenced to Almost 20 Years in Federal Prison

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Miami, Florida – -( A Delray Beach, Florida man who fueled an international firearms smuggling ring with guns he illegally purchased at South Florida gun shows through straw buyers has been sentenced to 200 months in federal prison.

Mackenzie Delmas, 27, pled guilty in May 2021 to numerous federal offenses, including conspiracy, firearms smuggling, straw purchasing of firearms, possession of firearms by a convicted felon, and possession with intent to distribute MDMA.

Delmas was a convicted felon during the conspiracy, which operated from about 2018 to 2019.

Unable to buy firearms himself due to his prior conviction, Delmas deployed straw buyers to gun shows throughout South Florida to buy firearms on his behalf.

The straw buyers would falsely represent to the federally licensed firearms dealers at the shows that the firearms were for them, when in fact they were for Delmas. In a little over one year, Delmas obtained 25 firearms through straw buyers. In September 2018, Canadian law enforcement intercepted some of these guns as they were being smuggled from New York to Canada. In November 2019, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police seized another gun connected to Delmas during a criminal investigation.

Delmas was one of seven defendants convicted and sentenced in the Southern District of Florida in this matter. Two additional defendants, Shalena Mary Haynes and Enza Esposito, are fugitives.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Christopher A. Robinson, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Miami, announced the sentenced imposed by U.S. District Judge Roy K. Altman.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case, with assistance from numerous federal, local, and foreign agencies, including the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (DOJ – ATR), the United States Secret Service (USSS), the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO), the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), the Canadian Boarder Service (CBSA), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Toronto Police Service (TPS), and the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale (LSJML).

Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam McMichael and former DOJ Anti-Trust Trial Attorney, Paola Henry prosecuted the case.

You may find related court documents and information on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at, under case number 19-cr-80045.

Miami 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

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We still have work programs here in GA as a reminder to all those that are think evil thoughts. Road work detail in a ditch see me dont be me !!!!


Can’t do the time dont do the crime The crime the sentence the story// If you do bad things violate the law as a convicted felon its back to the jail cell for you. Criminal reform might work for a few / not every
Can’t do the time dont do the crime The crime the sentence the story// If you do bad things violate the law as a convicted felon its back to the jail cell for you. Criminal reform might work for a few / not every one

Last edited 1 month ago by john

Which laws should “civilians” follow?

Is it a felony or misdemeanor to carry a firearm in a Yellowstone visitor center?

Last edited 1 month ago by JSNMGC

I’m just curious about something. Are you planning on going to the Yellowstone visitor center soon ? I would advise you to call and ask them about what if any criminal liabilities there are for firearms in the visitor center. Just a suggestion.


I go to Yellowstone many times every year and frequently go into visitor centers.

I don’t carry in the visitor centers because it increases my net risk. I think we’ve had this conversation before.

Do you have LEOSA credentials? I’m just curious.


We did have a conversation about your net risk in various locations but don’t recall it having anything to do with the Yellowstone visitor centers.


Do you have LEOSA credentials? The conversation was about evaluating the risk of a government employee ruining/ending a person’s life vs. the risk of a violent criminal ruining/ending a person’s life. People working at Yellowstone visitor centers are government employees. “Net risk: If: The risk of being attacked by a violent criminal is small; and The risk of a government employee ruining/ending my life is large, Then: I will not carry because carrying would reduce the risk of being attacked by a violent criminal but it would increase the risk of a government employee ruining/ending my life. The net risk will have increased.”… Read more »


Buy a gun for someone who can’t – buy yourself 10 years in jail!

Rob a store with one of those guns, let right out on bail reform!


I see the government thugs are bragging about armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and violation of rights again.


Sounds similar to Slo Joe’s shipment of arms to the Taliban/Isis through military logistics shipments in abandoning Afghanistan. Did Slo Joe personally sign the ITAR paperwork for those transfers?????


Another slap in the face of free enterprise. I want to see the body of the crime. The corpus delecti. THE VICTIMS INVOLVED. WHAT? NO VICTIMS? It’s a good thing I wasn’t on the jury. I would have hung it for sure.


“They” don’t care.

“They” includes:

  • Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO); and
  • Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO).

Promotions, medals, commendations, pension retention, etc.

They all went home and told their neighbors they are pro 2nd Amendment and they undertand the 2nd Amendment is not about hunting. Yea.


So what was the felony he had acquired to begin with ? Was it from firearm violations ? Curious minds would like to know the whole story.


Shouldn’t matter. Before 1968 it didn’t matter so why should it now? The CRIME should be for USING it to rob, rape or steal. Before 1968 if I robbed a bank and was caught and a pistol was on my person it would have been placed in my property and given back to me after being “rehabilitated” by the state. Why is it different now? And an EX felon is someone who has “paid his time” and is considered safe to let loose in society. If he/she is NOT safe to release, then why were they? I consider someone SAFE… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by CourageousLion
Wild Bill

Good analysis, and points a way out. If some federal court ruled that the the life long “gun ban for felons” did not apply to ex-felons (those that served their time) the whole thing would go away judicially.
If the marxists can change definitions so can we.


I was betting it had nothing to even do with a firearm. Was where I was going with the comment.


Fu** atf and their extended families!!



I have bought several firearms through private sale , it’s not a crime because I can go buy them from a FFL . I can fill out the 4473 and walk out of the store 15 minutes later with my purchase ! Private sales are only illegal if the purchaser cannot legally buy it from a FFL himself ! Know the laws and follow them and it’s not a problem to privately transfer possession of a firearm !


It’s nice to see the ATF enforcing existing laws instead of writing new laws.


Yeah, don’t you just love when they enforce infringement?


“Enforce existing gun laws; zero tolerance, no exceptions.”
~Wayne “Lucky Pierre” LaPierre, humping “Project Exile”

“Our ATF partners.” -Larry Keane, NSSF


I am conflicted by the hypocrisy in the matter too, specifically as regards to F&F. But the fact is, Delmas got what he deserves.


Deserves to have his rights violated?


I have no sympathy for criminal misuse of firearms nor criminal gun trafficking. This report seems to indicate, Delmas was lawfully prosecuted.

Last edited 1 month ago by Wass

I bet it’s less guns illegally traded than the Fast and Furious operation….. just saying.


When are Holder and Obama ever going to be charged in F&F ? I guess I I already know the answer I just thought I would ask anyway.