Grand jury indicts El Paso County Detention Officer on federal firearms charges


EL PASO, TX – A federal grand jury has indicted 38-year-old Luis Armando Rodriguez, charging him with two counts each of illegally manufacturing firearms, possessing unregistered firearms and providing false information in the acquisition of a firearm.

Rodriguez is an El Paso County Detention Officer.

According to the indictment, Rodriguez constructed a rifle with a barrel shorter than 16 inches in length as required by federal law. The document indicates Rodriguez did this on September 17, 2007 and again on May 27, 2008.

The indictment further alleges that neither of those rifles were registered to Rodriguez in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Also in the indictment are claims that on two occasions in January of this year, Rodriguez knowingly provided a false current address on a legal form when purchasing a total of five rifles from a federal firearms licensee.

If convicted, Rodriguez faces up to ten years in federal prison on each of the illegal manufacturing and possession of unregistered firearms charges. He can also face five years in prison on each of the false information charges.

Assistant US Attorney Greg McDonald is prosecuting Rodriguez on behalf of the federal government.

The case was investigated by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department.


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