facebook
twitter
search
search

Texas man charged with giving gun to felon father

Nov. 12, 2013 at 3:44 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The son of a Texas man accused of selling weapons to Mexican drug cartels has been charged with providing a gun to his father, who is a felon, officials say.

Michael Damon Rodriguez was indicted Friday in San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

The charges, made public Monday, accuse Rodriguez of selling guns without a license and acquiring a gun he later gave to his father, Manuel "Manny" Rodriguez.

The elder Rodriguez later sold the weapon, a Century Arms AK-47 variant, at a gun show, officials allege.

An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified at a hearing for Manny Rodriguez the gun was seized in Mexico in July from members of the Zetas cartel.

Federal agents said they found a "small arsenal" when they raided the Rodriguez home in September. Manny Rodriguez was charged at the time with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He served almost four years in prison for selling guns without a license in California, authorities said.

The September raid also found more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition, 76 guns and $15,000 in cash, authorities dais.

Federal officials say they have no evidence either Rodriquez knew their guns would end up in the hands of Mexican cartels.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Islamic State militants repelled in counter-attack on Ramadi university
Jon Stewart, Obama held secret meetings at White House
Rep. Mark Meadows seeks ouster of John Boehner as speaker
Afghan Taliban top commander Mullah Omar died two years ago
Napa Valley fire reignites, hundreds more evacuated