Edinburg Man Charged with Receiving Firearms with Intent to Commit Felonies and While Using Drugs
|July 20, 2012|
McALLEN, Texas – David Villanueva, 20, of Edinburg, Texas, has been ordered detained following charges of receiving firearms with the intent to commit felonies and for possessing the firearms while being an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
On July 13, 2012, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrested Villanueva at his residence in Edinburg and executed a federal search warrant on the house. Today, he was ordered to remain in custody.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court in McAllen on July 16 alleged Villanueva received a package containing three Glock pistols on July 13. According to the complaint, Villanueva had requested three Glock pistols be shipped to him from Indiana. The complaint alleges he intended to sell two of them, although he is not a licensed firearms dealer. He allegedly wanted to keep the third one for his own use and wanted it to be small and easily concealable.
While executing the search warrant, agents discovered not only the three firearms, but an additional firearm allegedly previously shipped to Villanueva. Agents also found drug paraphernalia in the residence. Villanueva had allegedly taken roche pills the night before his arrest and smoked marijuana on the day of his arrest before receiving the three Glocks. He allegedly had also been supplying gang members with guns.
The complaint alleges Villanueva received the three Glocks on July 13 while being an unlawful user of controlled substances and with the intent to commit felonies, including unlicensed firearms dealing, in violation of federal law. He has been held without bond since his arrest on July 13 where he will remain pending trial. If convicted, Villanueva faces up to 10 years in federal prison without parole and a fine of up to $250,000 on each charge.
The case was investigated by the ATF with the assistance of the Edinburg Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Sully is prosecuting the case.
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