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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 11, 2017

Seven Individuals Arrested For Firearms Trafficking

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On August 30, 2017, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against seven individuals for conspiracy to engage in firearms trafficking without a license, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. The agencies in charge of the investigation are the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobbaco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the US Postal Inspector Service and the Puerto Rico Police Department.

The object of the conspiracy was to purchase firearms in the states of Georgia and Florida, transport them to Puerto Rico, and sell them to other individuals in Puerto Rico, for profit. The defendants purchased firearms and sent them to Puerto Rico using the mail. Other defendants would receive, store and deliver the firearms in exchange for money. During the course of the investigation law enforcement agents seized numerous rifles and handguns that this organization shipped to Puerto Rico.

The defendants are: Jeffrie Rivera-Santiago, aka “LaJ/Menor J;” Luis R. Martínez-Rivera, aka “Luis Ra;” Osvaldo L. Colón-Paulok Keyshla M. Disdier-Velázquez, aka “Keilita/Keyla;” Julio C. Morales-Vicente, aka “Pi/Junito Pi;” Glorianne T. López-Cortez; and Julissa Carrasquillo-Baldomero.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Victor O. Acevedo-Hernández is in charge of the prosecution of the case. If convicted, the defendants face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. An indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated September 11, 2017