Indictment Unsealed Charging Three Men with Illegal Firearms Dealing Throughout Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico
OKLAHOMA CITY – JORGE LOUIS VILLARREAL, 41, of Texas, RICHARD CLINTON POND, 49, of Oklahoma City, and COREY LEE JUMP, 50, of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, have been charged with conspiring to deal firearms without a license, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.
On November 2, 2020, a Criminal Complaint was filed against Villarreal following the discovery of illegal firearms recovered in Mexico. The resulting investigation determined the firearms were originally purchased in Oklahoma.
On December 2, 2020, a federal grand jury returned a sealed seven-count Indictment charging Villarreal, Pond, and Jump with conspiracy to deal firearms without a license. According to the Indictment, between March 23, 2020, and October 31, 2020, Pond and Jump purchased firearms with the intent to sell them to Villarreal for profit. It is alleged that once Pond and Jump obtained the firearms, Villarreal traveled from Texas to Oklahoma to purchase the firearms from his co-defendants, which he subsequently resold in Texas and Mexico.
In addition to the Count 1 conspiracy charge, Count 2 charges Jump with unlawful dealing in firearms, Count 3 charges Pond with giving a false statement to acquire a firearm, Counts 4 and 7 charge Villarreal with traveling interstate to deal firearms without a license, Count 5 charges Pond with unlawful sale of a firearm to an out-of-state resident, and Count 6 charges Jump with giving false statements to an ATF agent during the investigation. The Indictment also seeks forfeiture of 117 specific firearms and seeks that Villarreal forfeit $44,881 in cash.
On December 4, 2020, the Indictment was unsealed following the arrest of the defendants.
If the defendants are found guilty, Counts 1, 2, 3, and 6 may result in a sentence of up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release. Counts 4, 5, and 7 may result in a sentence up to ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years supervised release.
This case is a result of an investigation by the ATF Oklahoma City Field Office with the assistance of the ATF McAllen, Texas Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ashley Altshuler, Wilson McGarry, and Stan West are prosecuting the case.
The public is reminded that these charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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