Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty To Firearms Charges
CONCORD, N.H. – Jose M. Camara, Jr., 29, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to conspiracy to make a false statement during the acquisition of a firearm and making false statements during the acquisition of firearms, announced Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith.
Beginning in August 2014, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Boston were involved in an investigation of the illegal purchase and sale of firearms. During the investigation, ATF agents utilized an informant (CI-1) to purchase firearms from Jason Martinez. Martinez has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make a false statement during the acquisition of a firearm and is awaiting sentencing.
Martinez and others solicited Camara to purchase firearms because Camara possessed a New Hampshire identification and could provide that identification to the federal firearms licensee making the sale. Camara agreed to purchase the firearms for Martinez and others. From October 31, 2014 through November 8, 2014, on three separate occasions, Camara purchased eight firearms in New Hampshire. On November 26, 2014, Camara attempted to purchase three additional firearms but was denied because ATF was alerted to the purchase. During each of the firearm purchases, Camara falsely claimed that he was the actual purchaser of the firearms when in reality he was purchasing the firearms for Martinez and others.
“The illegal purchase of firearms thwarts the regulatory system that was put in place to ensure that firearms do not end up in the hands of those individuals prohibited from possessing firearms” stated Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith. “This case demonstrates this office’s commitment to work with law enforcement to investigate and to prosecute those who facilitate the illegal possession of firearms. If you lie and buy, you will be prosecuted.”
Camara faces a maximum sentence of ten years imprisonment. Camara is scheduled to be sentenced on September 22, 2015. Camara was detained pending sentencing.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra M. Walsh.