Pawnshop owner McAllen pleads guilty to selling firearms | USAO-SDTX

McALLEN, Texas — A 67-year-old man has admitted to being charged with supplying ammunition to a prohibited person, U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery said.

Daniel Gallegos pleaded guilty to selling thousands of cartridges of various ammunition.

Gallegos is the longtime owner and operator of Danny’s Pawn and Sporting Goods in McAllen.

As part of his plea, Gallegos admitted to selling approximately 280 rounds of .50 BMG caliber ammunition as well as more than 5,000 rounds of various sizes, ranging from .223 caliber to .50 caliber. He provided everything to someone he knew was a prohibited person – someone who was illegally and illegally present in the United States – four times in 2021.

Gallegos also admitted that he knew the person was prohibited under federal law from possessing the ammunition because the individual was illegally present in the United States.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa will impose the sentence Oct. 18. At that point, Gallegos faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Guerra, Jr. is prosecuting the case.

The Department of Justice launched Operation Guardian targeting firearms and the illegal export of firearms in November 2019. On April 8, 2021, President Biden issued executive orders specifically targeting crimes involving firearms. fire.

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