Jacaman Couple Appears in Federal Court
Robert Jacaman, Sr and his wife veronica faced U.S Magistrate Judge Diana Song Quiroga this morning to learn of their arraignment dates after yesterday's raid of their business.
A group of about fifteen family members watched on as the couple, still in custody were read their eleven counts.
Our Lauren Kendrick was at court and brings us the very latest with this story.
As the Jacaman family members walk into the federal courthouse to support Robert Jacaman, Sr. and Veronica Jacaman for their first court appearance since being arrested, the mood is solemn.
Less than twenty four hours before the court appearance, Robert Jacaman and his wife Veronica were arrested after an eleven count federal indictment charged them with illegally selling firearms and ammunition they knew were destined for Mexico.
"Our agents initiated the investigation in January of 2012 which is this year and pretty much looked at wrapping it up in July but there are things the agents are working on at this time."
The Jacaman guns and ammo store was raided by members of ICE, Homeland security and A.T.F. Included in the indictment, are charges of selling thousands of rounds of ammunition to a prohibited person, illegally exporting ammunition and selling a semi-automatic rifle to a convicted felon.
In July of 2010 we interviewed Robert Jacaman, Sr. about a new A.T.F rule put in place to crack down on multiple gun sales. This is what he had to say about drug cartels getting their weapons.
"They don't get them from mom and pop stores like us. They have other sources to buy multiples. Somebody that sells them 30, 40,50 are doing something illegal."
Now just a little more than a year after making that statement, he and his wife face up to five years in prison as well as a maximum of ten years in prison for each of the illegal sale and illegal exportation charges. So what does that mean for the store.
"Every item was taken out of the store and by the looks of it, it won't be opening anytime soon."
Customers driving up to see the gun store closed up. We spoke to one man who wonders what will happen to his merchandise he had on hold.
"I had a firearm on layaway and I wanted to get my refund, but now I can't. I have no one to contact or anything."
Michael York says he's upset and and wants to know who to contact, but more than anything he couldn't believe the news of the raid.
"I was shocked. I mean, he seemed like a pretty nice guy but I don't know...sad."
Both Robert Jacaman, Sr. and Veronica Jacaman were given their arraignment dates. Robert Jacaman's date is Thursday while his wife's is Friday.
But Veronica Jacaman's attorney quickly asked the judge to reconsider since she is her husband's caretaker.
Judge Quiroga kept the original date.