U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Arizona
Northern District of Texas
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Sarah R. Saldaña, United States Attorney
Contact: Kathy Colvin
Illegal Alien Arrested in Dallas With Numerous AK–47–Type Rifles in Vehicle’s Trunk
DALLAS — Jesus Gonzales, 24, has been charged in a federal felony complaint with being an illegal alien in possession of firearms. Gonzales made his initial appearance yesterday in federal court in Dallas before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney, who ordered him detained during the pendency of his case. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
When officers of the Dallas Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Gonzales’s vehicle on Wentworth Street in Dallas on October 25, 2012, they discovered that he did not have a valid driver’s license. They also discovered a number of AK–47–type rifles in the trunk of his vehicle. Fourteen of the 15 firearms in the trunk were shrink–wrapped in plastic.
A federal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged, and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. However, the maximum penalty for the offense charged is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Dallas Police Department are investigating. Assistant U.S. Attorney Taly Haffar is in charge of the prosecution.