HPD COP ENTERS GUILTY PLEA IN FIREARMS CHARGE!

THE FEDS GET CONVICTION ON A HOUSTON COP!

David Rodriguez, 38, a Houston Police Department (“HPD”) officer, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate various federal laws while owning and operating a private security firm, United States Attorney Don DeGabrielle announced today. Rodriguez was indicted last July and charged with conspiracy to hire and arm illegal aliens and deal in firearms without a proper federal license.
Rodriguez is a thirteen-year HPD veteran, who was relieved of duty and placed on administrative status pending the investigation and outcome of the present charges. He was arrested last July by officers assigned to the HPD’s Internal Affairs Division and released to federal authorities.

During a hearing held this morning in federal court, Rodriguez admitted to conspiring to violate the federal Gun Control Act by purchasing handguns and lying on federal forms during the purchase of those guns. Even though he did not possess the requisite firearms license to deal in firearms, Rodriguez admitted to transferring handguns to illegal aliens he hired as armed security guards. Rodriguez further admitted that between December 2000 and December 2005, he hired persons who falsely and fraudulently acquired security guard commissions from the State of Texas, Department of Public Safety Private Security Bureau, by using false social security numbers and biographical data. The armed security guards, many of whom could not speak English, where assigned to locations in the Houston metropolitan area where HPD often responded to investigate assaults, narcotics trafficking / possession, domestic violence and child slavery / prostitution. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore set sentencing for January 29, 2007. Rodriguez faces a maximum punishment of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Rodriguez remains in custody pending his sentencing hearing.