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Case Number: 1:19-cr-00412-DDD
Judge: Daniel D. Domenico
Court: United States District Court for the District of Colorado (Denver County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Denver, Colorado
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Description: Denver, Colorado unlicensed dealing of firearms charge criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with unlicensed dealing of firearms, including semi-automatic assault weapons, for sale to buyers in Mexico.
According to the stipulated facts contained in Pena-Venzor’s plea agreement, from December 26, 2017, through February 11, 2019, Pena-Venzor worked to obtain firearms for the purpose of selling them to third parties. Pena-Venzor located the firearms, negotiated prices, and obtained them on behalf of an associate, who then provided most of the funding to buy the firearms.
Pena-Venzor profited financially from this arrangement by obtaining a markup or “finder’s fee” for the firearms that he procured. It was Pena-Venzor’s understanding that the these firearms would be ultimately transported to end users in Mexico. During this time period, Pena-Venzor procured more than eight firearms for the purpose of transporting these firearms to individuals in Mexico.
During this same time period, Pena-Venzor also sold firearms to other individuals. One of the firearms sold by the defendant was a fully automatic AR-15-style rifle, capable of shooting more than one round by a single pull of the trigger. Pena-Venzor did not possess a license to sell firearms and was aware that it was illegal to engage in the business of selling firearms without a license.
The guilty plea was tendered before U.S. District Court Judge Daniel D. Domenico on November 19, 2020. Pena-Venzor is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Domenico on February 12, 2021. This case was investigated by the ATF. The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron M. Teitelbaum.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado. Related court documents can be found on PACER by searching for Case Number 19-cr-412.
This case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)(A) Unlawful Dealing of Firearms
18 U.S.C. § 371 Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States
18 U.S.C. §§ 922(a)(6), 924(a)(2) False Statement to Firearms Dealer
18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2) False Statement Regarding Matter Within Federal Jurisdiction
Outcome: Defendant pleaded guilty.