Two Monroe County men are charged with making straw purchases — the illegal purchase of a gun for an unauthorized owner — of 14 firearms. Pedro Quinones, 44, of Tobyhanna, and Douglas DeHaven, 35, of East Stroudsburg, are both charged with multiple counts of lying to federally licensed firearms dealers.
A superseding indictment charges the two men with providing false information, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting with regard to the purchases, which occurred between Jan. 5 and Feb. 11, according to a Wednesday statement from the office of U.S. Attorney David J. Freed. DeHaven was the first arrested, in August. The superseding indictment charging the two had been under seal pending the arrest of Quinones, who was arrested Tuesday.
Quinones is a convicted felon who is not permitted to possess a firearm, according to the indictment. He provided DeHaven with the money to purchase the guns on his behalf, and DeHaven was compensated with heroin for his role in the crime.
Allegedly, the weapons were purchased throughout the county at the following locations:
Two firearms from Bella Mia Jewels in Tannersville
Nine firearms from Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitters, in Brodheadsville
Three firearms from Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitters, in Stroudsburg
Those weapons were as follows:
One FMK Firearms model 9C2, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol
One Bersa model BP9CC, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol
One Taurus model PT111, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol
One Taurus model PT111 G2, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol
One Ruger model LCP, 380-caliber semi-automatic pistol
One Ruger model P89DC, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol
One Smith & Wesson model M&P 9C, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol
One Smith & Wesson model SW9VE, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol
Two Smith & Wesson model SD9VE, 9 mm semi-automatic pistols
One Remington Arms Company model R51, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol
One Glock model 42, .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol
One HiPoint model C9, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol
One HiPoint model JCP, .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol
The maximum penalty under federal law for these offenses is ten years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.