San Antonio Man Convicted of Firearm Violations
SAN ANTONIO – Today U.S. District Court Judge Fred Biery found Chance Anthony Uptmore, 25, of San Antonio, guilty of one count of being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(3).
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on January 18, 2021, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Uptmore’s residence for his involvement in the January 6th Capitol Riots in Washington D.C. During a search of the Defendant’s residence, he was found to be in possession of a loaded Taurus .38 Special Revolver along with more than 13 pounds in gross weight of marijuana; approximately 1.8 pounds in gross weight of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) edible products; approximately 1.2 pounds in gross weight of THC waxes, dabs and oils; and approximately one-third of a pound in gross weight of Psilocin mushrooms.
According to testimony from law enforcement officers at trial along with Uptmore’s own video recorded statements, Uptmore described himself as a “weedaholic” who smoked marijuana, by his own estimation, multiple times per day. Uptmore admitted to officers that at the time of his arrest in January 2021, there had not “been a day where [Uptmore] had not gotten high all day in at least six months, maybe even a year.” At the conclusion of trial, the Court concluded that Uptmore was both an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances at the time he possessed the loaded revolver.
Uptmore is scheduled for sentencing on July 26, 2022 and faces up to 10 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas and FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Jason Hudson made the announcement.
The FBI’s San Antonio Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) is investigating the case, with the assistance of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE-ERO) and San Antonio Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew W. Kinskey and Mark T. Roomberg are prosecuting the case.