U.S. Atty: 124 firearms indictments so far in 2013

1:46 PM, Aug 6, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio filed 124 firearms indictments in the first half of 2013, according to U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach.

The indictments are broken down by geography in the district and the most indictments were filed in the Cleveland office, with 53.

Cleveland was followed by Youngstown with 43, Toledo with 16, and Akron with 12. There were 73 people sentenced last year for firearms crimes and the average sentence was nearly six years in prison.

A couple notable cases in 2013 include the Warren Operation and U.S. vs. Romero. The Warren operation, which occurred in April, involved the seizure of more than 150 firearms and charges against 55 people for violations of federal firearms and narcotics laws.

In U.S. vs. Romero, Jose Romero of Lorain pleaded guilty in June to possessing 40 rifles, pistols, and revolvers despite a 2005 conviction for domestic violence.

Our office and law enforcement partners continue to work around the clock enforcing our nation's firearms laws," Dettelbach said. "We are on pace to file more firearms indictments than ever before."

Dettelbach is determined to continue to solve the problem of gun violence within the district. "While we will continue to lock up the worst of the worst, we must also continue to work to find systemic solutions to curbing the epidemic of gun violence," he said.


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