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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

News Release

For Immediate Release

Friday, February 4, 2022
Contact: Los Angeles Field Division

Three Arrested in Firearms Trafficking Investigation

Individuals Were Selling “Ghost Guns” Without a License

LOS ANGELES – Three men were arrested today 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 distribution of methamphetamine, engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, possession of machineguns, possession of unregistered firearms, possession of a 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 operative, 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. 


Los Angeles Field Division