Monday, August 8, 2016
Two Individuals Arrested For Firearm Violations
U.S. Attorney's Office - San Juan
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On August 5, 2016, Julio Rodríguez-Marquez and
Josué Méndez-Rivera were charged by way of a criminal complaint with cons-
piring to engage in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, and
with dealing in firearms without a license, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-
Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.
Throughout the course of the investigation, ATF agents seized four AR-15-va-
riant rifles and a handgun.
Between May and August of 2016, Julio Rodríguez-Marquez arranged various
firearms transactions with the assistance of co-conspirator Josué Méndez-Ri-
vera who delivered a rifle to a buyer on two separate occasions. Méndez-Rive-
ra intended to sell another rifle today when he was arrested. ATF agents also
arrested Rodríguez-Marquez at his residence, where they executed a search
warrant. During the execution of the search warrant, agents found a firearm
which Rodríguez-Marquez was not licensed to possess, and materials used
to manufacture home-made firearms.
If convicted, the defendants face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to
$250,000. A criminal complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of
guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.