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Federal arrests three individuals in Puerto Rico for smuggling nearly 1,000 firearms

Federal arrests three individuals in Puerto Rico for smuggling nearly 1,000 firearms

Stephen Muldrow, head of the federal prosecutor’s office in Puerto Rico, said a federal grand jury indicted three men in Puerto Rico for smuggling nearly 1,000 firearms.

In a press release, Muldrow identified the defendants as Radames Revilla Machin, Roberto Miranda Schmidt and Luis Matos Rosa,

According to the indictment, Revilla Machin and Miranda Schmidt transferred more than 820 firearms to Puerto Rico since 2012.

Meanwhile, allegations allege that Matos Rosa has transferred more than 100 weapons to the island since 2019.

“Many of these transfers took place within 72 hours of the defendants acquiring the weapons,” the federal prosecutor’s statement said.

He said the three defendants advertised the sale of arms on the websites.

Muldrow said none of the defendants had a license to sell firearms.

Even in 2019, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF, for its acronym in English, sent a letter to Revilla-Machin advising him to stop engaging in the business of selling arms without the required license.

“Working with our local partners to combat violent crime is one of the top priorities of the Department of Justice,” said US Attorney Muldrow.

“Today’s arrest is another example of our commitment to fighting violent crime and illegal firearms trafficking. We will continue to investigate and disrupt the networks that carry weapons into our communities, often with tragic consequences.”

For his part, Christopher A. Robinson, the director of the ATF at the Miami Regional Office, stressed that “today’s arrest represents a significant step forward for the ATF and the police bureau to combat arms trafficking in Puerto Rico.”

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