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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Southern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney

Contact: Tim Horty
(317) 229-2409; Cell (317) 716-4250

Hogsett Announces Indictment of Indianapolis Man on Gun Charges as a Result of Ongoing Violent Crime Initiative

Says as city pauses to remember victims of violent crime, efforts continue to take worst of the worst off of Marion County’s streets

INDIANAPOLIS — Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that Mark Luzar, age 31, of Indianapolis, has been federally charged with five counts of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. This prosecution follows an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Tonight, I will join others in participating in the Light the Night for Life ceremony as we honor victims of violent crime here in Marion County, Hogsett said. Far too often, those crimes were at the hands of convicted felons who had no legal right to possess the firearm.

Such lawlessness is dangerous, and it has no place in this great city, Hogsett added. Our office will continue to bring the full force of federal law to bear on anyone found guilty of putting the public or our law enforcement officers in harm’s way.

The federal indictment alleges that on July 12, 2011, Luzar was found by federal law enforcement to possess the following firearms:

  • • Remington 12 gauge shotgun
  • • Ithaca .22 caliber rifle
  • • Rossi .22 caliber rifle
  • • Stevens .22 caliber rifle
  • • Winchester .22 caliber rifle

The indictment further alleges that Luzar’s criminal history contains at least six prior Marion County felony convictions since 2001, including charges of dealing in a controlled substance, theft, and auto theft.

Announced by Hogsett in March of 2011, the Violent Crime Initiative represents a comprehensive district–wide strategy to combat drug traffickers and criminals that use and carry firearms in their illegal activities through improved local collaboration and aggressive federal prosecution.

In the first nine months of operation, the VCI produced a dramatic increase in the number of gun–related charges – from 14 felony possession of a firearm charges in 2010 to 103 in 2011. Major drug trafficking indictments are up more than 100% from where they were two years ago. And drug trafficking seizures increased by more than seven–fold over 2010 numbers.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Barry D. Glickman, who is prosecuting the case for the government, Luzar faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a possible fine of up to $250,000 for each of the five counts. A hearing on the indictment will be scheduled before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Indianapolis.

These charges are an allegation only, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial or by guilty plea.