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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 28, 2022

Federal Indictment Charges Man with Illegally Possessing Machine Guns in Chicago

CHICAGO — A man has been indicted on federal firearm charges for allegedly illegally possessing machine guns in Chicago this year.

JUAN INFANTE, 28, of Chicago, is charged with illegal possession of machine guns and illegal possession of firearms as a convicted felon.  Infante had previously been convicted of a felony theft offense and was prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms.

The indictment accuses Infante of illegally possessing four handguns, two of which were equipped with conversion devices known as “Glock switches.”  The devices transformed the firearms into machine guns capable of automatically firing more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger.  Infante earlier this year sold two of the guns to an individual who was surreptitiously cooperating with law enforcement, according to a federal criminal complaint previously filed in the case.

The indictment was returned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  A date for arraignment has not yet been scheduled.  Infante is currently detained in federal custody without bond after the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a motion for pretrial detention on the basis that Infante posed a danger to the community.

The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Beth E. Palmer.

Disrupting illegal firearms trafficking is the focus of the Department of Justice’s cross-jurisdictional strike force.  As part of the Chicago firearms trafficking strike force, the U.S. Attorney’s Office collaborates with the FBI and other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in the Northern District of Illinois and across the country to help stem the supply of illegally trafficked firearms and identify patterns, leads, and potential suspects in violent gun crimes.

Holding illegal firearm possessors accountable through federal prosecution is also a centerpiece of Project Safe Neighborhoods, the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction strategy.  In the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Attorney Lausch and law enforcement partners have deployed the PSN program to attack a broad range of violent crime issues facing the district, particularly firearm offenses.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  Each count in the indictment is punishable by up to ten years in federal prison.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Firearms Offenses
Updated July 28, 2022