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Valluco gang member imprisoned for possession of various firearms and ammunition

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

McALLEN, Texas – A 42-year-old San Juan resident has been sentenced for being a felon in possession of multiple firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Daniel Garza pleaded guilty Nov. 30, 2023.

Chief U.S. District Judge Randy Crane has now ordered Garza to serve 70 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard evidence of additional firearms Garza possessed.

Garza is a known member of the Vallucos criminal street gang. With several convictions for violent, weapons-related offenses, he is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition per federal law. Law enforcement believed he was in such possession of prohibited items and launched an investigation.

That led them to his residence June 27, 2023, where they executed a search warrant and discovered two firearms, body armor, a mask and a bag of firearm magazines. Authorities subsequently reviewed Garza’s social media and obtained recent photographs of him in possession of several other firearms including a belt-fed rifle and a firearm he claimed was fully automatic.

Garza will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Marshals Service; Texas Department of Public Safety and police departments in Edinburg and San Juan conducted the joint investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cahal P. McColgan prosecuted the case as part of the joint federal, state and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program. In May 2021, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced a new effort to reduce violent crime, including the gun violence that is often at its core. Integral to that effort was the reinvigoration of PSN, a two-decade old, evidence-based and community-oriented program focused on reducing violent crime. The updated PSN approach, outlined in the department’s Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Violent Crime is guided by four key principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results of our efforts. The fundamental goal is to reduce violent crime, not simply to increase the number of arrests or prosecutions.

Updated April 15, 2024

Firearms Offenses