A Roswell man was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to three years and five months in prison for violating federal firearms laws.
Isaac Joshua Salas, 25, was also sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces to three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.
Salas was arrested on Nov. 13, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of a firearm silencer not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
According to the complaint, law enforcement officers found several firearms, ammunition, silencers, pre-cursors for homemade explosives, chemicals and books on how to make bombs while executing a search warrant at Salas’ Roswell residence. Authorities said a subsequent search of the NFRTR determined that Salas did not have any weapons registered to him in the NFRTR.
On April 20, 2016, Salas pleaded guilty, without the benefit of a plea agreement, to a felony charging him with possession of an unregistered firearm or destructive device. Salas admitted possessing an unregistered pipe bomb.
Court documents indicate that several firearms, ammunition, magazines, pressure cookers, a detonation cord, ammonium nitrate and numerous items that could be used to make explosive devices were found in Salas’ bedroom, together with books on how to make weapons.
The case was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Roswell Police Department.