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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Individual Indicted For Illegal Firearms Trafficking Using The United States Mail

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Luis Christian Montalvo-García with conspiracy to engage in illegal firearms trafficking and to receive firearms illegally from outside of this district, announced W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. 

According to the Government’s allegations, between March and June 2021, Luis Christian Montalvo-García conspired to receive firearms from states including Texas and Pennsylvania, to sell them in Puerto Rico.  Among other events:

  • In March 2021, Montalvo-García communicated with a co-conspirator regarding the mailing of a package containing a firearm from Texas.
  • In April 2021, Montalvo-García received a communication regarding a rifle, handgun, and accessories for sale for $2,700.  In response to a request from a co-conspirator, Montalvo-García sent a photo of a rifle, a magazine, and AK-47 accessories.  Montalvo-García also received a message regarding a rifle with a price of $1,500. 
  • In May 2021, Montalvo-García communicated regarding various models of Glock pistols with magazines and accessories.
  • In June 2021, a co-conspirator in Pennsylvania sent via U.S. Priority Mail Express two packages with a firearm frame, a firearm slide, five magazines and firearm accessories to Montalvo-García in Puerto Rico, which Montalvo-García attempted to take possession of.

Montalvo-García is not a licensed importer or dealer in firearms.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Luis Valentin of the Violent Crimes and National Security Section is in charge of the prosecution of the case.  The United States Postal Inspectors and the Department of Homeland Security are jointly in charge of the investigation.  If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum of five years in prison. 

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated July 1, 2021