Lorain man sentenced to jail for being felon with more than 40 pistols, rifles and revolvers

CLEVELAND - A Lorain man will spend more than six years in prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms.

According to an indictment, 32-year-old Jose Romero was found with 40 pistols, rifles and revolvers earlier this year despite having a 2005 conviction in Lorain County for domestic violence.

Court documents indicate Romero told a confidential informant that he was interested in purchasing large numbers of firearms. The information indicated that Romero stored many of his firearms inside a safe at his grandmother's resident on Charleston Avenue in Lorain.

Documents stated that officers searched Romero's home on East 31 Street and the Charleston Avenue home on Feb. 26 and found firearms, marijuana and cocaine on East 31 Street and 28 firearms at the Charleston Avenue residence, along with marijuana.

"This office places a high priority on keeping firearms out of the hands of those who are forbidden by law from obtaining them," said Steven Dettelbach, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. "Whether it is a person using a gun to commit a violent crime, a felon illegally obtaining a firearm or a straw purchaser trying to circumvent the law, we will aggressively pursue those who would violate our nation's firearms laws."

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