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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 4, 2013

Three Florida Men Indicted For Conspiracy To Illegally Transport Destructive Devices And Machine Guns

JAIME JAUREGUI (age 34 of Orlando, FL), RUBEN JAUREGUI (age 24 of Dade City, FL), and FRANCISCO MALDONADO (age 46 of Dade City, FL), were charged in a two-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for their roles in a conspiracy to transport destructive devices (M-60 Grenades) and machine guns (AK-47 automatic assault rifles and Colt M-4 automatic assault rifles) in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 371 and 922(a)(4), announced U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to the indictment, JAIME JAUREGUI, RUBEN JAUREGUI, and FRANCISCO MALDONADO conspired with each other and others to transport firearms, which are deemed destructive devices and machineguns, including thirty M-60 Grenades, and sixty  Colt M4 automatic assault rifles and fifty AK-47 automatic assault rifles from the Eastern District of Louisiana to Texas, Florida, and elsewhere.  The conspiracy count alleges that on four occasions from January 2012 through March 21, 2013, JAIME JAUREGUI met with undercover agents in St. Tammany Parish to negotiate the purchase more than 100 fully automatic assault rifles, grenade launchers, grenades, and night vision goggles, some of which were destined for a Mexican drug trafficking cartel.  JAIME JAUREGUI provided a cash deposit of approximately $46,000.00 during those meetings.  JAIME JAUREGUI hired FRANCISCO MALDONADO, AND RUBEN JAUREGUI to assist him with transporting the weapons to the final destinations.  None of the men have federal firearms or export licenses. JAIME JAUREGUI is also charged with one count of illegal possession of unregistered firearms, specifically, two Colt M4 automatic assault rifles.

If convicted of the conspiracy count, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of five (5) years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a three (3) year term of supervised release.  JAIME JAUREGUI faces additional penalties for the illegal firearms possession charge of up to ten (10) years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a three (3) year term of supervised release.

U. S. Attorney Boente reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  

This case is being investigated by Special Agents of Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the assistance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Louisiana State Police, and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Prosecution is being handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney Robert Weir.