LAREDO, Texas – A 32-year-old Mexican national has been
indicted for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition, announced U.S.
Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Jaime Cruz-Romero was originally charged by criminal
complaint. Today, the grand jury returned the one-count indictment. He is
expected to appear for his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sam S.
Sheldon in the near future.
On or about Aug. 10, 2019, Cruz-Romero was found in
possession of a firearm and ammunition during a traffic stop, according to the
The complaint alleges that on or about Aug. 10, 2019,
Cruz-Romero was driving a 2008 Hummer H3 when law enforcement stopped him for
disregarding a traffic signal. He did not have any identification, according to
Authorities then searched the vehicle and found a
9-millimeter pistol and a magazine containing ammunition.
If convicted, Cruz-Romero faces up to 10 years in prison
and a maximum $250,000 fine.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
and the Laredo Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S.
Attorney Adam E. Harper is prosecuting the case.