Illegal Immigrant Says He Had No Idea There Were 15 Assault Rifles in His Trunk

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The Zastava PAPM70, from Yugoslavia. There were 10 of these in Gonzalez' trunk.
On Thursday afternoon, patrol officers performed a routine traffic stop in Oak Cliff. They found that the driver, 24-year-old Jesus Gonzalez, wasn't wearing a seat belt, was driving without a license, and was in the country illegally. They also found a little bonus prize: 15 AK-style assault rifles in the trunk.

See also: Dallas Police Found 15 Assault Rifles in a Suspects Car

Gonzalez was taken to jail on immigration charges. And yesterday, the Feds filed a criminal complaint yesterday providing a few more details about how Gonzalez came to be toting a large cache of assault weapons through Oak Cliff.

Gonzalez was at home in San Antonio on Thursday morning when he received a text asking if he wanted to make some money, he told investigators. The sender didn't specify how the money was to be made, but he needed the cash, so he drove to Dallas. En route to the Jack in the Box where he was supposed to meet up with someone driving a white SUV, he picked up Maria Isabel Deleon.

Deleon and Gonzalez are friends in San Antonio, she told the feds. When she learned he was in Dallas to "do some business," she asked him for a ride to Fort Worth to visit her daughter, who had just had surgery.

So off they went to Jack in the Box, where they found the white SUV and followed it to a nearby residence. There, two Hispanic men took several objects from the back of the SUV -- Gonzalez swears he had no idea what they were -- and put them in his trunk. They told him to drive back to San Antonio to await further instructions.

Gonzalez didn't make it that far. He was pulled over by police within a block. They discovered the shrink-wrapped weapons -- most of them were Zastava M70s from Yugoslavia -- and hauled him off to jail. He's being charged with being an illegal alien in possession of firearms, which carries a maximum 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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robinked
robinked

Uuummmm I heard that eric holder wants these weapons back...he's got many Drug Cartel murderers with Jobs to do....ya know the Jobs that American's Won't do.......

Scout49
Scout49

He was only here to work and make a better life.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I have a feeling that this isn't the first time that Gonzalez has done a job similar to this one.

roo_ster
roo_ster

I'm a fan of the M70.  Gotta like the top-folder. 

 

If dude really doesn't want them, I'll take them off his hands--er--make sure they get back to Atty Gnl Holder _ASAP_.

Jdub
Jdub

So, just curious...  What was the probable cause to search the trunk?  Or is not having identity papers enough to warrant a search of one's person and possessions?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Jesus and Mary, where's Joseph?

rubbercow
rubbercow

@Scout49 ...for his children and puppies.

jmberry2001
jmberry2001

 @roo_ster I prefer the Heckler & Koch MP7 myself. But then again, I was Navy. The Mossburg M590 is my very favorite for close combat. 

mausfamilia
mausfamilia

 @Jdub No, but if he was driving with out a license, the car was been impounded and that give them the right to check.

Ron04
Ron04

 @Jdub - its called " search incident to arrest " - no PC needed. 

 

wigglwagon
wigglwagon

 @Jdub   The article says, "Gonzalez didn't make it that far. He was pulled over by police within a block."

 

It sure sounds like that meeting was under surveillance.  If so, they saw the guns loaded into the the trunk.  Does that qualify as probable cause?

Colby
Colby

 @Jdub Perhaps they asked for permission? If they are taking the vehicle they will do an inventory search also so that they aren't blamed for stealing your crap out of the car before it goes to impound.

roo_ster
roo_ster

 @jmberry2001 All fine tools, indeed.  Nothing says "failure in the victim selection process" quite like 12ga buck or slugs.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

His real mistake was parking his car in the ally of a neighborhood that  is on Alert for folks doing the front door knock kick in the back door run away with the TVs and other valuables crime spree that has plagued Oak Cliff for the past few years.

 

The Surveillance  was provided by barking dogs and someone looking out the back window of their house and seeing a car and a driver where they had  no business being.

 And reporting that as a suspicious person.

 

 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

 @wigglwagon  @Jdub You don't need probable cause to support a warrantless search.  You need to establish reasonable suspicion, whatever that is.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @wigglwagon  @RTGolden1  really?  Its obviously your first time here so welcome!  All you'd have to do is click his profile to realize that no, this isnt his first time on a comment board, and in fact is fairly well respected here on unfair park.

wigglwagon
wigglwagon

 @RTGolden1  @Jdub 

 

Is this your first visit to a comment board?  That was in answer to the question above.

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