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Felon admits to illegal weapons charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

HOUSTON – A 33-year-old resident of Houston has admitted he illegally possessed firearms and ammunition, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.  

Joffre Cross III surrendered to federal authorities today and entered a plea of guilty.

On Feb. 20, 2019, authorities executed a federal search warrant at the Cross residence. Upon entry, they located an AK-style rifle and approximately 2200 rounds of ammunition.

Having been convicted in April 2008 in North Carolina federal court for distribution of controlled substances, he is prohibited per federal law of possessing any firearms or ammunition.

At the time of the search they also found a homemade pistol and three homemade rifles.

Sentencing is set before Chief U.S. District Judge Rosenthal for May 27. At that time, Cross faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

He will remain in custody pending that hearing.

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Schammel is prosecuting the case.

Updated February 5, 2020

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