Orlando Man Indicted for Smuggling Firearms to Canada

United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg has announced the return of an indictment charging Jonen Castillo, a 23-year-old from Orlando, with smuggling firearms from the United States to Canada. If found guilty, Castillo could face up to 10 years in federal prison. The indictment also states the intention to forfeit a Smith and Wesson firearm and four Glock firearms allegedly involved in the offense.

The indictment alleges that between June 10 and June 29, 2023, Castillo concealed and attempted to export firearms from the United States to Canada, violating U.S. law and regulations.

An indictment serves as a formal charge, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

The investigation into this case was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Diane Hu will handle the prosecution.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), aimed at reducing violent crime and gun violence by uniting law enforcement at all levels and the communities they serve. The Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy on May 26, 2021, strengthening PSN based on principles such as fostering trust in communities, supporting violence prevention efforts, setting enforcement priorities, and measuring results.

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