DALLAS—Three Dallas men, Ranferi Osorio, Kelvin Leon Morrison, and Luis Carbajal, who pleaded guilty in November 2011 to various firearms offenses, were sentenced this afternoon by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Sentencing within the guideline range, Judge Lindsay sentenced Osorio to 120 months in prison; Morrison to 30 months in prison; and Carbajal, whom the court found to be the least culpable in this case, to a two-year term of probation. Osorio and Morrison have been in federal custody since their arrest in February 2011.
Osorio and Morrison each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make a false statement or representation with respect to information required to be kept in records of a licensed firearms dealer. Osorio also pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm bearing a removed or obliterated serial number. In addition, Osorio, Morrison, and Carbajal each pleaded guilty to making a false statement or representation with respect to information required to be kept in records of a licensed firearms dealer.
According to documents filed in the case, from June 2010 through February 2011, Ranferi Osorio, 28; Kelvin Leon Morrison, 26; and Luis Carbajal, 23, along with co-defendants Otilio Osorio, Angel Pablo Monroy, Rosendo Quinones, Eder Talamantes, and Kevin Bueno, conspired to acquire firearms from federally licensed firearms dealers, and acquired those firearms, by making false statements and representations with respect to information required to be kept in the dealers’ records. Together they formulated a plan that included selecting the licensed dealers and the types of firearms to be purchased and acquiring the firearms from those dealers by making false statements intended to deceive the firearm dealer.
In July 2010, Morrison purchased four Romarm, Model WASR-10, 7.62.39 caliber rifles and knowingly made a false statement and representation regarding the name and address of the actual transferee/buyer on the ATF Form 4473, information that the licensed dealer is required by law to keep in its records. Specifically, Morrison alleged that he was the actual transferee/buyer when he was not.
In November 2010, Ranferi Osorio knowingly possessed 12 Romarm, Model Draco, 7.62×39 caliber firearms, which he knew had the importer’s or manufacturer’s serial numbers removed and obliterated. Ranferi Osorio transferred these firearms to a confidential informant, working for ATF, and ATF subsequently seized these firearms.
In December 2010, Carbajal purchased a Century Arms, Model Draco, 7.62×39 caliber pistol from a federally licensed firearms dealer and knowingly stated on the ATF Form 4473 that he was the actual transferee/buyer, when in fact, he was not.
The investigation is being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Lancaster, Texas, Police Department. Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary F. Walters are in charge of the prosecution.