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TYLER, TEXAS MAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL FIREARMS VIOLATIONS
TYLER, Texas - A 35-year-old Tyler, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Ernesto Camacho pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.
According to information presented in court, on Mar. 1, 2011, Camacho was arrested following a traffic stop during which a firearm was discovered in his vehicle. Further investigation revealed Camacho was a convicted felon, having been previously found guilty of aggravated assault, arson and theft. As a convicted felon, Camacho is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Camacho was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 2, 2011, and charged with federal firearms violations.
Camacho faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
This case is being investigated by the ATF and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.