DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A suspected illegal immigrant is in custody after police recovered 15 military-style assault weapons in his vehicle in Oak Cliff.
24-year old Jesus Gonzales was arrested during a traffic stop near Hampton and Brooklyn on Thursday. When Dallas police stopped Gonzales, a police report says the officer was given permission to search the car and found 15 assault rifles.
Police were first alerted to a suspicious vehicle parked in an alley in the area.
Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement have put a detainer on Gonzales, meaning he will not be able to get out of jail on bond.
Due to the nature of the assault weapons, the case was referred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).
Andrew Young of the ATF noted that the weapons recovered by authorities are not in themselves illegal with a proper permit, but the legal status of Gonzales warranted the arrest.
“Because of the amount of firearms and the style of the firearms, along with his legal status, he is being held,” said Young.
Young indicates that the agency plans to purse federal charges against Gonzales. An investigation by the ATF into the origin of the weapons is ongoing.
“We are fingerprinting and tracing the firearms right now,” said Young. “We’re going to do everything in our power to figure out where they are coming from and the flow of the guns.”
When asked about the possibility of the guns being destined for Mexico, Young agreed that the weapons could be headed south of the border.
“It’s not uncommon for the drugs to come north and the firearms to go south…That’s what we’re working hard to prevent.”
Carl Rusnok of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement says they are still working to confirm Gonzales’s status.
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