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Feds Jail New Mexico Family, Seize Everything They Own for Being Honest Legal Firearms Dealers

Godfather Politics  This has got to be one of the grossest miscarriages of law enforcement that I’ve read about lately.

Rick and Terri Reese, along with their two sons Ryin and Remington ran a federally licensed gun shop in Deming, New Mexico.  They kept meticulous records of all the firearms and ammunition they purchased and which were purchased by customers.  They performed the required FBI background checks when necessary.  Basically, they ran their gun shop by the letter of the law for 17 years.

Even much of their hired help was legal as the Reeses often hired law enforcement officers who were either retired or off duty, to work in the gun shop.  This brought in a substantial amount of business with the law enforcement community and agencies.

In 2011, Terri noticed a customer that had made an unusually large number of purchases.  The customer, Penny Torres, told Terri that they were having a family reunion at a ranch in the area and that they all liked to shoot.  Terri was suspicious of Torres story and being the law abiding gun dealer she is, she reported her suspicions to one of her friends that worked with the Luna County Sheriff’s Department.  Terri told him that she suspected Torres might be a ‘straw buyer’ (someone who purchased guns for illegal purposes such as going over the Mexican border to the drug cartels, kind of like what the US government did with Operation Fast and Furious).

The Luna County Sheriff’s Department officer Terri reported to was someone she trusted and who she always turned to if they had any need for law enforcement.  He told her that he would promptly report it to ATF and would let her know what happened with the case.

Torres was subsequently arrested, but ended up making a deal with the feds for leniency by implicating the Reese family as knowingly selling guns that were to illegally cross the border into Mexico.  This launched an investigation by a recently formed federal agency known as Homeland Security Investigators (HSI), who set up a sting operation to entrap the Reeses.

HSI hired a confidential informant called Roman, who was seeking a reduced sentence for human trafficking and drugs smuggling.  Roman agreed to go to the Reese’ gun shop, purchase weapons and drop hints that they would be heading across the border into Mexico but to do so in such a way as not to alarm them and cause them to refuse the sale.  Roman was fitted with a wire to record everything that was said.  HSI figured that if the Reeses sold the guns to Roman, that they could then arrest them on gun walking charges.

Shortly after Roman made his gun purchases, the feds swooped in to arrest all four members of the family.  HSI and local law enforcement raided the gun store and the Reese home.  They came in helicopters, armored vehicles and too many heavily protected and armed law enforcement officers to count.  Not only were the four members of the Reese family arrested, but the feds confiscated every gun, all ammunition from both their store and their home, then they confiscated the home, cars, bank accounts, coin collections and virtually everything the family owned.

Each member of the family was eventually taken to a different jail or prison facility to be held without bail until their trials.  The prosecution argued that they were flight risks or might even stage a Ruby Ridge type stand off because their home had a well and solar panels and they had found guns on the premises.  Can you imagine that?  They actually found guns and ammunition in the house and place of business of federally licensed gun dealers.  It was also noted by the prosecution that Rick and Terry Reese were part of the local Tea Party, which must have made them look violent in the eyes of the prosecutor.

Six months after being arrested, Terri Reese was allowed to post bail, but the courts continued to withhold bail for the father and two sons.

Recently, the first preliminary hearing was held for the four members of the Reese family.  According to a WND report, the prosecution revealed a number of revelations during the preliminary hearing.  For one thing, Roman spoke little broken English and that most of the hinting of guns going to Mexico was said in Spanish, which none of the Reese family knew or understood.  However, the transcripts that the court had to read had all been translated into English, so that it appeared that the conversation had taken place in English.

Additionally, the prosecution admitted that all of the Reese’ gun sales had been properly logged and all transactions appeared to have been legal.  They also admitted that the Reeses has paid all of their taxes and that there was no evidence of any under the table transactions and that all banking and financial evidence indicated that all members of the family never received any money other than their normal paychecks.

When the defense pointed out to the prosecution that they used so many law enforcement personnel in their store, the prosecution replied that it didn’t matter because ‘a lot of them [cops and former cops] are dirty.’

Now the Reese family is awaiting the main trial which is scheduled for some time in July.  Since all of their worldly possessions, even personal items accumulated over 25 years of marriage, have been confiscated, they have no money with which to use to pay for their defense.  And if by some miracle they are acquitted of all charges, they have no home and no business to return to.

What galls me to spit in anger is that this family, even by the prosecution’s own statements in the preliminary trial, have never done anything wrong.  Their lives have been raped by the federal government based on promises made to two convicts in lieu of lighter sentences.  Roman’s statements should not be admissible since he spoke Spanish and the Reeses don’t.  This is a horrible case of entrapment and what’s worse is that they are accusing the family of doing what the feds did in Operation Fast and Furious and NO ONE IS BEING PROSECUTED in that case!

We need to pray that the Reese family is exonerated and that the feds are forced to replace all of their possessions, guns, ammunition, house, cars, bank accounts, coin collection and pay for wrongful imprisonment.  If anyone belongs in jail for gun walking, it’s Eric Holder, not the Reese family.

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21 Responses to Feds Jail New Mexico Family, Seize Everything They Own for Being Honest Legal Firearms Dealers

  1. Mark Schumacher - NV says:

    Sounds like a message is being sent. The Reeses’ are being used to send it.

  2. Bill says:

    Is there a defense fund to contribute to?

  3. US Marines Defending America says:

    Just another perfect example why it is necassary to abolish this wholly corrupt and treasonous gov’t.

    My prayers and wishes go out the that poor family, the Reeses.

    This nightmare will never actually end for them, even if the jury is smart enough to aquit them.

  4. Fadingfreedom says:

    So the dirty pigs call the clean law enforcement officers(retired and active) dirty. The pot calling the kettle black. Sounds like a lawsuit for defamation of character. The good officers and oath keepers need to start standing up against the federal pigs who try to gorge on the belongings of their good and lawful citizens. Civil war will be what remains and the federal pigs will walk away from that war leaving the local police to be destroyed by their citizens. Wake up local police forces, you are being used to your own detriment. Protect and serve.

  5. TranceAm says:

    ‘the prosecution replied that it didn’t matter because ‘a lot of them [cops and former cops] are dirty.’

    Hmmm, All the records they kept are now in the Governments hands.
    The Official Gun Registry.

  6. Drake says:

    PLEASE DOCUMENT and DISTRIBUTE this testimony. ESPECIALLY if it is UNDER OATH. It would be nice if someone would track down and spread this testimony:
    “When the defense pointed out to the prosecution that they used so many law enforcement personnel in their store, the prosecution replied that it didn’t matter because ‘a lot of them [cops and former cops] are dirty.’”
    Could be very useful —- and the Prosecutor certainly should know ………….
    —————————————————————————————————

  7. k.wendland says:

    My prayers and wishes also go to that poor family, the Reeses.
    This is yet one more escalation in the long series of sickening attacks upon innocent and weary U.S. citizens by an overtly satanic and Nazi government.

    The NWO perpetrators have recently added ‘civil war in America’ to their scare mongering propaganda, however, despite their personal optimism that all we little people will rush out to exterminate one another it will more likely be a bloody revolution and they will be the first victims.
    Please pass the rope.

    • Ken says:

      exactly, people come together in a crisis, did you know the biggest armada in history was the evacuation of Manhattan during 9/11? Started by a fisherman, the the coast guard pickup on it.
      In San Diego during the fires several years ago the locals came together to help those who lost their homes.
      People will not turn on each other, the 6000 or so elites have everything to loose including their lives if they don’t wake up.
      Follow the money, End the Fed and private central banking, declare all debt cancelled and start over with governments creating their own money spent interest free into the economy, not war.
      How ridicules, an army shows up to arrest an established, honest, hard working family? This is government gone mad.

      • Angel-NYC says:

        Evacuation of Manhattan? I was here. I watched the WTC fall from my roof, 1 mile away. We were never evacuated. Martial Law, yes. Evacuation, no.

  8. Dan says:

    i Know this gun shop, deming is a very small town in southern new mexico.

    This is sad, but like many of you have posted it would not be the last

    Dan

  9. Bob says:

    This is very disturbing. Every time I watch a televised trial I have to cringe as the Prosecution lies through their teeth, while presenting their case. Any dirt they can latch onto is used and manipulated to their psychological advantage.

    For this Prosecutor to say the things said, is unreal and that person should be looked at by the people around him/her, and should be given an attitude adjustment at the least. Some kind of reprimand would be better.

    I know, in my spirit, that all will go well for these people and a civil suit will go a long way to increase their retirement benefits. A case such as this, could set a precedent in law, in which the feds lose their power and the people regain theirs.

  10. bj says:

    In such a blatant entrapment I would hope the NRA would get involved!
    Damn Feds can’t stop crime without creation & entrapment!
    If there is still justice in this Country the Judge will throw this out!

    • Angel-NYC says:

      Absolutely! These people did everything right, by the book, and look what it got them. They should be commended, not condemned.

      • bj says:

        Absolutely! This shows me that the FEDS have to manufacture a crime in an attempt to justify their existence!
        I pray this family gets a Judge that realizes that!

  11. Chris says:

    Hillary blamed the american people in 2009 for guns in mexico

  12. #1 NWO Hatr says:

    Sounds like just another lame excuse to get more guns out the public domain to me. Best wishes to that poor family. The worst of curses upon those involved in setting them up.

  13. Grace says:

    What is the address to send defense help donations?

  14. Cap says:

    Interesting. To follow the law is illegal and to break the law is legal.
    Welcome to America the land of the crooks and the thieves!

  15. William says:

    The gun shop owners dealt with the WRONG people. They went to the Luna County Sheriff’s Department. Big mistake. They called in the cops and that move often results in tragedy.

    There are many news reports of people calling the cops to “help”. Instead the get a tragedy as the cops beat them, or beat elderly family member suffering from dementia or arrest them and their kids. When will people learn to STOP calling the cops. Stop inviting problems into your life.

    The cops are dangerous, the system is dangerous and it does not hesitate to devour its own. They went to Sheriff’s Department to rat out Penny Torres on suspicion with no evidence. Torres turned the tables. Now they are on the receiving end of suspicion with no evidence.

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