LORAIN, Ohio - A Lorain man was indicted Thursday charges of being a felon in possession of firearms after he was found with 40 handguns and rifles, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Jose Romero, 32, was found to have 40 pistols, rifles and revolvers despite having a 2005 conviction in Lorain County for domestic violence, according to the indictment.
Romero told a confidential informant that he was interested in purchasing large numbers of firearms in an effort to influence their availability in Lorain, according to court documents.
Authorities said Romero stored many of the firearms inside a safe at his grandmother's home in Lorain. Officers then said they searched Romero's home on Feb. 26.
Investigators found firearms, marijuana and cocaine at Romero's home and a safe with 28 firearms, as well as marijuana, at his grandmother's, according to court documents.
The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Robert F. Corts following an investigation by the Lorain Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Lorain County Drug Task Force and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.