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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dallas Men Sentenced On Firearms Convictions

DALLAS — Two Dallas men, who were stopped by officers with the Dallas Police Department (DPD) for a traffic violation in March 2013, and who subsequently pleaded guilty to federal firearms offenses, have been sentenced, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay sentenced Ivy Johnson, Jr., 26, to 40 months in federal prison.  In February 2014, Judge Lindsay sentenced Jose Enrique Castaneda, 21, to 39 months in federal prison.  Johnson, who is under indictment in Dallas County on a felony drug charge,  pleaded guilty to one count of illegal receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment; Castaneda, who is illegally in the U.S., pleaded guilty to one count of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm.

According to documents filed in the case, on March 21, 2013, DPD officers were investigating a drug complaint at a house on Cowan Avenue in Dallas when they observed a white truck leave the residence.  Soon thereafter, the truck failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Marsha and Walnut Hill, and officers initiated a traffic stop.  Castaneda was driving the vehicle and Johnson was in the passenger seat.  There was a semi-automatic pistol in plain view on the driver’s seat, and what appeared to be a large rifle case between Johnson’s legs.  As Castaneda exited the truck, Johnson opened the passenger door and fled, but was apprehended soon thereafter.  Officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana in the truck.

In searching for the source of the marijuana odor, officers recovered a 9-millimeter pistol in the driver’s seat and a Romarm rifle in the rifle case.  Officers also found two additional rifles in the floorboard behind the driver’s seat and 72 individually packaged bags of marijuana in the glove compartment.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the DPD investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cara Pierce prosecuted.

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Updated June 22, 2015