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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 19, 2014
A. Lee Bentley, III
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

Orlando Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Firearms Conspiracy

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich sentenced Arami Rodriguez (37, Orlando) to five years in federal prison for conspiring to possess unregistered firearms. Rodriguez pleaded guilty on March 26, 2014. The sentencing hearing was held on June 17, 2014.

According to court documents, Rodriguez conspired with another individual to possess and sell unregistered firearms to an undercover detective. As part of the conspiracy, Rodriguez provided his co-conspirator with a machine gun, silencer, and a short-barreled rifle, each of which was sold to the detective. None of those firearms were registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Rodriguez eventually sold three other silencers directly to the undercover detective.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph W. Swanson.

This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Trevor Velinor, Acting Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials. It is another example of ATF’s Frontline Strategy to impact violent crime within our communities.


Tampa Field Division