Former Metro cop found guilty of lying to firearms dealer

Monday, December 20, 2010 at 11:29am
Staff reports

A federal jury last week found former Metro police officer Edwing Ronal Morales guilty of lying to a firearms dealer while attempting to buy guns.

The jury convicted Morales on Dec. 15 in U.S. District Court in Nashville on two counts of making false statement to a firearms dealer while attempting to buy handguns on two occasions in 2009.

Trial testimony revealed that Morales filled out a firearms transaction record stating that he was buying handguns for himself when he was actually buying them for friend and co-defendant Julio Rojas-Lopez, who prosecutors said was illegally transporting guns to Guatemala.

Morales attempted to buy the guns from Guns and Leather in Greenbrier in May and July of 2009. Morales had been an officer at the Metro Nashville Police Department since September 2007 before he was terminated in September 2009.

Morales is set to go before Chief U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell on April 11, 2011, for a sentencing hearing. Each of the violations carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Agents with both the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Philip H. Wehby and Mary Elizabeth McCullohs prosecuted the case. 


5 Comments on this post:

By: slzy on 12/20/10 at 7:49

no comments on "el protecto" at all?

By: Farmer Wilson on 12/20/10 at 11:21

Just another in the endless line of criminal-cops in Tennessee

By: AmyLiorate on 12/21/10 at 11:24

Nice website, thanks for posting that link!

One of the things irritating me lately is how news reports are showing that so many guns are purchased here (strawman) and sent to Mexico. And this is our problem!

If Mexico would guard it's border then this wouldn't be a problem. If WE also guarded our own border it would be less of a problem. But then it might impede illegal "workers" from coming here.

Northern Mexico has no legitimate government. Any police there who dare cross a drug cartel will be killed within days. They can't even move their military in and be effective due to corruption at all levels. And yet their president wants us to do something about it. If I lived anywhere near the US/Mexico border I would own a lot of guns!

By: xhexx on 12/21/10 at 11:38

Once again, for all the liberal bedwetters that think the police are the only ones that should have guns and that we should content on them to protect us this highlights one fact. There are far more HCP holders in TN than police officers, yet we continue to hear about police officers breaking the laws and committing felonies on a regular basis, with nary a single article about an HCP holder breaking the law. Given the media's jihad to portray HCP holders In a bad light, how can this be?

By: AmyLiorate on 12/21/10 at 1:30

Nice, to the right side of this article I'm currently getting an ad for "Front Sight Firearms Training". Technology is awesome.