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ANGELA DODGE

July 25, 2012

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Two More People Sentenced to Federal Prison for Straw Purchasing

MCALLEN, Texas – Two additional members of a straw purchasing ring who were making false statements on Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) forms 4473 in the acquisition of firearms from federal firearms licensees (FFL) are now serving federal prison terms, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. David Ricardo Gonzalez and Jolynn Perez, both 21, each pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements in the acquisition of firearms on April 25, 2012, commonly referred to as straw purchasing.

Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez sentenced Gonzalez, of Pharr, Texas, and Perez, of San Juan, Texas, to 42 and 40 months in federal prison, respectively. The prison terms will be followed by three-year-terms of supervised release.

ATF agents learned that Gonzalez and Perez had purchased large numbers of firearms from various FFLs and began an investigation. Agents located and interviewed Gonzalez and Perez and discovered Gonzalez had straw purchased 26 highly trafficked firearms for a man named Marco Villalobos. Perez admitted to purchasing 10 highly trafficked firearms for Taisa Garcia who provided the firearms to Villalobos.

Villalobos, 21, and Garcia, 22, both of San Juan, Texas, previously pleaded guilty in another case and have been sentenced to prison for running a straw purchasing organization. Garcia worked for Villalobos as a recruiter hiring other persons such as Perez to straw purchase firearms which would then be directed back to Villalobos. Perez received a sentence of 33 months, while Villalobos was sentenced to 46 months.

Gonzalez and Perez have been on bond since shortly after the time of their arrest. They were permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

ATF investigated and Assistant United States Attorney Steven Schammel prosecuted the case.