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Canton men indicted for firearms violations

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

Two Canton men were indicted for federal firearms violations, said Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja.


Nazario Mendoza, 43, and Jose Argueta-Carrillo, aka Jose Armica-Argueta, 34, are named in the two-count indictment.


Count 1 of the indictment alleges that on Jan. 4 up to and including as late as Feb. 7, 2017, Mendoza transferred a Taurus 9mm pistol, Model: PT111 Millennium G2 firearm to Jose Argueta-Carrillo, a person he knew to be prohibited from possessing a firearm.


Count 2 of the indictment alleges that on Feb. 7, 2017, Argueta-Carrillo, an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States, and prohibited from possessing a firearm, possessed a Taurus 9mm pistol, Model: PT111 Millennium G2 firearm.


If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.


The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, FBI Safe Streets Task Force and Canton Police Department. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S> Attorney Jason M. Katz.


An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


Updated June 24, 2017

Firearms Offenses