Two Monroe men charged with making straw purchases of 14 firearms
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Scranton, announced that on Aug. 14, 2018, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging Pedro Quinones, 44, of Tobyhanna, and Douglas DeHaven, 35, of East Stroudsburg, with multiple counts of making false statements to federally licensed firearms dealers.
The indictment had been under seal pending the arrest of Quinones, who was arrested Tuesday. DeHaven was arrested in August.
According to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment charges Quinones and DeHaven with providing false information, conspiracy and aiding and abetting, regarding the purchases of 14 firearms between Jan. 5 and Feb. 11, 2018. It is alleged two of the firearms were purchased from Bella Mia Jewels, Tannersville; nine of the firearms were purchased from Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitters, Brodheadsville; and three of the firearms were purchased from Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitters, Stroudsburg.
The indictment also charges Quinones with being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.
Officials said this matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. O’Hara is prosecuting the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.
The maximum penalty under federal law for these offenses is 10 years imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.