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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Louisville Man for Possession of Machine Gun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Louisville, KY – A federal grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, returned an indictment on December 21, 2022, charging a local man with illegally possessing a machine gun.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division made the announcement.

According to the indictment, Cameron Jaimes, 19, of Louisville, Kentucky, was charged with one count of illegal possession of a machine gun. Jaimes possessed or transferred a machine gun, that is a Glock Switch. A Glock Switch device allows a semi-automatic handgun to function as an automatic. A Glock Switch is defined as a machine gun under federal law.

Jaimes made his initial court appearance this week before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. If convicted, Jaimes faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case is being investigated by the ATF with assistance from the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Porter is prosecuting this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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


Updated January 5, 2023