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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of New Jersey

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Rachael A. Honig
, United States Attorney

Union County Man Charged with Illegal Possession of Ammunition

NEWARK, N.J. – A Union County, New Jersey, man was indicted today for illegal possession of ammunition, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Kevin Cordeiro, 34, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing ammunition after having been previously convicted of a felony offense.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Feb. 27, 2021, Cordeiro fired multiple gunshots toward an occupied vehicle that was parked on Westfield Avenue in Elizabeth. Law enforcement recovered eight .45 caliber shell casings from the shooting scene. After the shooting, Cordeiro fled to Florida and was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service on March 29, 2021. Cordeiro was previously convicted of second-degree robbery in New Jersey Superior Court, for which he was sentenced to six years in prison.

The charged offense carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Cordeiro was first charged by federal criminal complaint and had an initial appearance in the District of New Jersey before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andre Espinosa via video conference on April 29, 2021. He was detained without bail.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Newark Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Craig B. Kailimai; special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson; the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo; and the Elizabeth Police Department, under the direction of Chief Giacomo Sacca, with the investigation leading to this charge. She also thanked the U.S. Marshals Service, under the direction of U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos, Jr., for their assistance with this investigation.

This case is a part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensured that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Frazer and Samantha C. Fasanello of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.

The charge and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Newark Field Division