Vancouver, Wash. ( Associated Press) — A Brazilian man convicted of assault of domestic violence, living in Vancouver, Washington, has been arrested on more than a half-dozen counts of illegally possessing firearms, including ghost guns — without Serial’s privately made firearms. numbers.
Joo Ricardo Deborba has been held in custody on eight alleged counts at the Federal Detention Center in Seatac pending further court proceedings, US Attorney Nick Brown said in a news release on Monday.
According to the criminal complaint, Deborba entered the United States in 1999 on a tourist visa, overstaying visas and forged documents to work in the US and acquire firearms.
The complaint said that during three firearms purchases in Portland and Lebanon, Oregon and Lacey, Washington, in 2019, Deborba filed false information on government forms saying he was a US citizen.
The complaint said Deborba bought more firearms in both states, was arrested in November 2019 on charges of alleged domestic violence, served without a liaison order and asked to surrender her guns. The complaint later that month said he had been arrested for violating that order and that 20 firearms were confiscated from his residence.
Deborba was convicted in January on a separate count of domestic violence assault and said she could not have firearms.
Last week, law enforcement issued a search warrant at Deborba’s residence and seized 5 guns: 3 AR-15 style rifles without a serial number or manufacturer’s mark and two handguns – one without a serial number or manufacturer mark. Brown said the ghost guns are made from parts ordered online.
Deborba also owned a large amount of ammunition, firearms parts and equipment, firearms silencers and magazines.
It was not immediately known whether he had a lawyer to comment on his behalf.
The case is being investigated by the FBI with the help of the Vancouver Police Department, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies.