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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Texas

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 28, 2014
Sarah R. Saldaña
, United States Attorney
Contact: Kathy Colvin

Illegal Alien Carrying Numerous Assault-Style Rifles in His Vehicle’s Trunk

DALLAS — Jesus Gonzales, 25, who pleaded guilty in May 2013 to a one-count indictment charging possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 40 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, on October 25, 2012, officers with the Dallas Police Department responded to a suspicious car call in the 2500 block of Wentworth Drive in Dallas. After locating the car and observing it commit traffic violations, officers pulled it over; Jesus Gonzales was the driver.

Gonzales gave officers consent to search the vehicle, and officers found 15 assault-style rifles individually wrapped in plastic in the car’s trunk. Gonzales did not have a driver’s license and admitted being in the U.S. illegally.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Dallas Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Taly Haffar prosecuted.

Dallas Field Division