A local pawn shop manager and five other employees were arrested on Wednesday on federal ammunition-smuggling charges by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
ICE HSI special agents arrested all six of the following targeted individuals: Bryan Nelson Schonberg, 60, manager of Geneva Loan and Jewelry Co.; Jaime Rangel, 40; Guadalupe Gallegos, 47; Cirilio Soriano, 47; Elataria Pedroza, 57; and Raquel Galvan, 47. They are scheduled to have their initial hearing Aug. 4 in federal court.
All of the defendants, except Pedroza, are charged with the following crimes: conspiracy to smuggle ammunition from the United States, aiding and abetting ammunition smuggling, conspiracy to smuggle high-capacity firearms magazines, aiding and abetting high-capacity firearms magazine smuggling, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Pedroza is charged with conspiracy to smuggle ammunition from the United States, and aiding and abetting ammunition smuggling.