Colombian indicted by federal grand jury for illegal possession of a firearm

DENVER - A Colombian arrested during drug raids in Denver is indicted by a federal grand jury for illegal possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors say Hector Diaz, 49, was found with five assault rifles, one shotgun and five handguns, as well as a large cache of ammunition inside a home in Cherry Hills Village.

Diaz is charged with possessing one of those weapons, said Department of Justice spokesman Jeff Dorschner.

If convicted of being an alien in possession of a firearm, Diaz up to 10 years in federal prison, and a fine of up to a $250,000.

Diaz was arrested when Drug Enforcement Administration agents, in partnership with several state and local law enforcement agencies, executed 16 search warrants as part of what officials called, "an ongoing criminal investigation."

The Denver Post first reported that the raided locations were marijuana businesses that are being investigated for a possible connection to Colombian drug cartels.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer determined Monday that before allowing Diaz to be released from custody, he would be required to put up $25,000 cash bond. If he can do that, Dorschner said Shaffer ordered Diaz will be kept on GPS monitoring in a short-term apartment and, once arranged, long-term housing.

Diaz, who is in the U.S. legally but did surrender his passport, is also forbidden from contacting the Colombian Consulate or any official for the purpose of obtaining a Passport or travel document. Diaz is also forbidden from contacting any witness or target in this case.

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