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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Charge

Gulfport, Miss – David Diaz Rodriguez, 68, of Edcouch, Texas, entered a guilty plea today before Senior U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Rodriguez was stopped by the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team as he was traveling from Florida to Texas.  On searching his truck, officers found a shotgun and an AK-47 with a fully loaded magazine that was reported stolen out of Escambia County Florida.  Rodriguez has a 2006 felony conviction for possession with intent to distribute cocaine from Kane County, Illinois.  He will be sentenced by Judge Guirola on June 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Jackson County MET Team and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Annette Williams.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated March 27, 2019