Jacaman Arrested AgainSon Also Charged
LAREDO, Texas – Robert Jacaman Sr. and his son have been indicted by a federal grand jury for receipt or possession of unregistered firearm, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
The sealed indictment, returned Aug. 14, 2012, was automatically unsealed today upon the arrest of Jacaman Jr. Jacaman Sr. is expected to turn himself into federal authorities on Monday, June 17. Both are expected to make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Guillermo Garcia on Monday, June 17, at 9:00 am.
The indictment, returned under seal Tuesday, June 11, 2013, alleges that on or about June 14, 2012, Jacaman Sr. and his son aided and abetted each other and did knowingly receive and possess a firearm. That firearm - a Colt, Model Match Target, .223 caliber, short-barrel rifle - was not registered to them in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, according to allegations.
Jacaman Sr. is currently under another federal indictment along with his wife, Veronica Jacaman, and three others alleging a variety of violations associated with the selling of firearms and ammunition. That 11-count indictment charges them with conspiring to provide and providing ammunition and firearm magazines for smuggling into Mexico, selling ammunition to illegal aliens and to a convicted felon and selling an assault rifle to a convicted felon. To date, one other defendant has pleaded guilty in relation to the case and another pleaded guilty to related firearms felony charges in another indictment. Jacaman Sr., his wife and two other defendants are still pending trial in that case. They face five years on that conspiracy charge, upon conviction, as well as a maximum of 10 years in prison for each of the illegal sale and illegal exportation charges. All those charges also carry as possible punishment a $250,000 fine.
For receipt or possession of unregistered firearm as charged in this indictment, Jacaman Sr. and Jr. face up to 10 years in prison and a possible $10,000 fine.
The cases are being investigated by ATF and HSI with the assistance of the Laredo Police Department. Several police officers have been cross-designated as ATF Task Force officers working directly with the federal agency, assisting in the investigation of this and other crimes. Assistant United States Attorney Homero Ramirez is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.