FBI Charges Four Individuals with Firearms Violations
SAN JUAN, PR—Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Leff, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) San Juan Field Office, announced the arrest of Waldemar Torres, Jimmy E. Santiago Burgos, Jose Luis Ortiz Ruiz, and Jose Rafael Mulero Rivera.
The defendants were arrested on April 15, 2019, by the Police of Puerto Rico in Coamo, Puerto Rico, in possession of several loaded firearms with obliterated serial numbers. The FBI South Resident Agency took custody of the defendants and charged via complaints Waldemar Torres and Jimmy E. Santiago Burgos with violations of Title 18 United States Code 922 (k), Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Title 18 United States Code 922 (g)(1), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Jose Luis Ortiz Ruiz and Jose Rafael Mulero Rivera were charged with violations of Title 18 United States Code 922 (k), Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Richard T. Passanisi and is being investigated by the FBI. The public is reminded that criminal complaints and indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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