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July 29, 2010

FELON CONVICTED BY JURY’S VERDICT OF POSSESSING AMMUNITION

(LAREDO, Texas) – After a half-day of testimony and a half hour of deliberation, a federal jury has found Eduardo Cardenas, 39, guilty of being a felon in possession of ammunition, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

The jury returned its verdict this afternoon after hearing testimony from Webb County Sheriff’s Office deputies and special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regarding the discovery ammunition at Cardenas’ residence in October 2009.  According to testimony, on October 28, 2009, as part of an ongoing investigation, Webb County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at Cardenas’ Laredo residence and found among other things, approximately 50 rounds of ammunition including a box with the name “Eddie” handwritten on its top. An ATF agent testified Cardenas admitted to him the bullets – 35 Winchester .45 caliber, 22 Winchester 9 mm Luger, and 1 Remington cartridge 38 Special --  were his.  As a previously convicted felon, which he stipulated he, in fact, is, Cardenas is prohibited from possessing ammunition or firearms.

During trial, Cardenas unsuccessfully attempted to convince the jury he did not own the bullets and denied having made an admission to the ATF agent.  United States District Judge Joseph Hood, a visiting federal judge who presided over today’s trial, ordered Cardenas to remain in federal custody without bond pending a sentencing hearing on a date to be set later. Cardenas faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney D. J. Young is prosecuting the case.

 

 

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