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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

March 28, 2012

Contact: Christian Hoffman, Special Agent – PIO

Office: (818) 265-2507

Cell: (213) 213-216-3622

Suspect of ATF Las Vegas Investigation Arrested in Murrieta

MURRIETA, Calif. — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced the arrest of Fernando Gallo Tuesday afternoon in Murrieta for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Gallo who is 38 years old was residing at 40120 Calle Yorba Vis, Murrieta, when he was arrested without incident by ATF special agents from the Riverside Field Office. Gallo has been charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm according to a criminal complaint filed in the Federal Judicial District of Nevada. Gallo is in the United States unlawfully according to the complaint and has several aliases to include Fernando Gonzalez, Enrique Gonzalez, Fernando Olvera Gallo, and Ruben Gonzalez.

Gallo will be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles Wednesday. Gallo is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms because of prior felony convictions in 1995.

ATF will continue to be on the frontline combating violent crime by investigating and arresting those individuals who obtain and possess firearms illegally, said ATF Los Angeles Field Division acting Special Agent in Charge Christopher Shaefer. This investigation by the Las Vegas field office shows that there are criminals in California still trying to get firearms outside the state. This is a great job by all agencies involved.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This investigation was conducted by the ATF with assistance from the Las Vegas Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley Giles.

ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction for investigating firearms violations along with arson and explosive incidents. More information on ATF can be found at