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Local men federally indicted

Two Levelland men, Christopher Abrom Garza, 26, and Robert Allen Vestal, 31, were served federal warrants, Thursday.

Garza was served and arrested in the Allsup’s parking lot Thursday by a Levelland police officer. Garza was indicted for possession of an unregistered firearm by a federal grand jury in Lubbock, Thursday.

Vestal was also indicted by a federal grand jury in Lubbock, Thursday. He was already in the Hockley County Jail and was served his federal warrants there.

Vestal was indicted for possession of an unregistered firearm, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to indictments from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Vestal and Garza possessed a firearm, a model 64, .22 caliber rifle, with a barrel length less than 16 inches and an overall length of less than 26 inches, not registered to them in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

The indictments also say that Vestal intentionally and knowingly distributed and possessed with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance.

A second count on the indictment says Vestal, knowing he had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce with a firearm, to wit the short-barrel shotgun described previously.

All counts on the indictment say the offenses occurred on or before December 14, 2018.

In December 2018, special agents with the Department of Public Safety executed a search warrant a residence and arrested both Garza and Vestal.

The search warrant was executed at a residence in the 200 block of Avenue D around 2 p.m. They found a small amount of methamphetamine and a short-barrel shotgun.

At that time, Garza was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and Vestal was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Both subjects are being held at the Hockley County Jail but will be transported by U.S. Marshals to go before a magistrate in Lubbock for their federal charges.

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