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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Female Armory Employee Indicted For Illegally Trafficking Firearms From The State Of Florida To Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, P.R. – Today, a Federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Emily Negrón for conspiracy and illegally transferring firearms to out-of-state residents, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is in charge of the investigation.
 
From in or about August of 2012, continuing through in or about December of 2012, the defendant, knowingly and willfully conspired and agreed with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury to commit offenses against the United States, that are: the transportation of firearms to an out-of-state resident. It was the purpose and object of the conspiracy to make false statements in connection with the purchase of firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee so the firearms could be transferred from Orlando, Florida to the District of Puerto Rico.
 
Defendant Negrón knowingly accepted false information about the transferee to avoid the legally required instant criminal background check. In exchange, defendant received something of pecuniary value for each firearm that she facilitated to be delivered to the District of Puerto Rico.
 
Defendant was arrested in the Orlando Florida area today and is pending removal to the District of Puerto Rico. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of five years on the conspiracy charge, and five years for each charge alleging a transfer of firearms to an out-of-state resident. The case is being investigated by ATF, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Luke Cass and Alexander L. Alum.
 
An indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt.  Defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. The investigation is ongoing.

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