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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Iron Youth Member Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Possessing a Machine Gun

In San Antonio today, 19-year-old Iron Youth member and Smiley resident Caleb Nathaniel Oliver pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a machine gun, announced U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.

By pleading guilty, Oliver admitted that he purchased a fully automatic machine gun from an undercover officer for $1,000 on February 5, 2021.   Court documents reflect that Oliver is a member of the group called Iron Youth, a racially motivated violent extremist group that advocates violence in the furtherance of its objectives.  Beginning in September 2020, Oliver had several meetings with undercover officers to discuss the purchase of the machine gun. 

Oliver, who faces up to 10 years in federal prison was released on bond.  Sentencing is scheduled for June 14, 2021, before U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra. 

The FBI conducted this investigation with assistance from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Rangers.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys William R. Harris and Mark Roomberg are prosecuting this case. 

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated March 18, 2021