TWO MEN CHARGED IN GUNRUNNING INVESTIGATION
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
— Two men have been charged with multiple felonies in connection with a gun running investigation, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.
Jorge Figueroa, 19, Melrose Park, and Ricardo Martinez, 20, Elmwood Park appeared for a bond hearing today at the George N. Leighton Criminal Courts Building where their bonds were each set at $450,000.
Figueroa has been charged with one count of gunrunning, a class 1 felony; six counts of unlawful sale of a firearm, a class 1 felony; and six counts of illegal transfer of a firearm, a class 4 felony.
Martinez has been charged with gunrunning, four counts of unlawful sale of a firearm and four counts of illegal transfer of a firearm.
Both were arrested on Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Gun Suppression Team investigation began in October 2013 after Figueroa was arrested in Melrose Park for drug paraphernalia possession and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Investigators later learned that the weapon he had was part of proceeds from a burglary that occurred earlier at a residence in River Grove. The burglary was not initially reported because the owner was in the hospital.
From Oct. 26, 2013 to Nov. 13, 2013, using information gathered during their investigation, Gun Suppression Team members and Franklin Park Police officers tracked down and recovered 29 firearms that were originally taken from the River Grove residence. The weapons were recovered at various locations, from Addison to Chicago’s North Side.
Some of the weapons were traded instead of sold. A firearm was traded for a snake and another was traded for a bicycle.
Sheriff Dart would like to thank Franklin Park Police and the River Grove Police for their work in this case.
Sheriff Dart also reminds the public that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.