FBI Los Angeles
Public Affairs Specialist Laura Eimiller
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January 18, 2024

Oxnard Man Affiliated With Local Gang Arrested for Firearm Violation

LOS ANGELES—A Ventura County man was taken into federal custody after being charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition contained inside a ghost gun.

Reynaldo Vincente Palazuelos, aka “Rey Martinez,” 47, of Oxnard, was arrested this morning without incident.

Palazuelos, a known member of the Colonia Chiques street gang, was charged in an indictment returned on November 30, 2023, by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles with being a felon in possession of ammunition.

According to the indictment, Palazuelos possessed 9mm ammunition contained inside a pistol with no serial number, commonly referred to as a “ghost gun,” knowing that he had been convicted of a felony in the state of California.

Palazuelos will make an initial appearance today in the United States District Court in Los Angeles before a federal magistrate.

The investigation into Palazuelos is being conducted by the Ventura County Violent Crime Task Force, which includes the FBI, the Oxnard Police Department, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ventura Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Joseph De Leon is prosecuting this case.

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.