Three People Plead Guilty to Federal Firearms Charges in New Mexico
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The owner of a gun shop in Hobbs, along with his parents who helped run a gun shop, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to violating federal firearms laws.
31-year-old Carlos Jonathan Cruz, who was the owner of Hobbs Satellite Company Guns & Ammo, and his parents, 60-year-old Carols Carlon Cruz and 56-year-old Norma Cruz, were indicted back in June of 2013 and charged with violating the federal firearms laws by making false statements by trying to acquire firearms by an individual who was acting as a “straw purchaser” and buying firearms for others.
The owner of the shop was also charged with selling thousands of rounds of ammunition to undocumented resident. He was also charged with possessing an unregistered sawed-off shotgun and for possessing firearms with the serial numbers removed.
Under the plea agreement, the group was required to forfeit approximately 165 firearms, over 25,000 rounds of ammunition and six silencers.
Carlos Jonathan Cruz and Carlos Carlon Cruz will face up to 41 months behind bars. Norma Cruz will face up to 30 months behind bars.
Their sentencing dates have not yet been set.
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