Lebanon Man Indicted On Firearms Charges

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HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Luis Rodriguez-Pagan, age 28, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on firearms charges. 

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, the indictment alleges that Rodriguez-Pagan purchased eight handguns falsely claiming that they were for himself when in fact they were not.  The purchases occurred in Lebanon and Dauphin Counties between July 2021 and December 2021. The indictment also alleges that Rodriguez Pagan was engaged in the unlicensed business of dealing in firearms.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Fireworks and Explosives  (ATF) and the Lebanon County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaime M. Keating is prosecuting the case.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders works together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 10 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments are only allegations.  All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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