Oscar Hernandez Jr. was arrested last night in Florida in relation to a gun trafficking case that spans from Florida to Massachusetts. He is being charged with false declaration before a grand jury, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering.
The gun trafficking case began in July 2013 when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) obtained information that directly linked three firearms recovered in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, Mass. to weapons that came from Florida. None of these allegedly trafficked guns was the murder weapon, however, which is still missing.
Lloyd was murdered on June 17, 2013. Aaron Hernandez, formerly of the New England Patriots, and his two associates Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace are all charged with Lloyd’s death.
On December 14, 2013, Oscar Hernandez Jr. testified before a Florida grand jury that he did not purchase a Toyota Camry that investigators linked to the shipment of these weapons from Florida to Massachusetts. According to the indictment, Hernandez claimed he had no connection to this vehicle. He continued to deny it even when investigators showed him a receipt for transporting the car to his address.
He is also being charged with trying to influence the testimony of another witness known as “KS” and encourage him not to provide his testimony. There is evidence to suggest that Hernandez purchased the Camry in question from “KS.”
If convicted, Oscar Hernandez Jr. faces up to 20 years in jail for the witness tampering charges; up to 10 years for the obstruction of justice charges; and an additional 5 years for the false testimony charges.
Hernandez is set to appear in a U.S. District Court in Orlando today before he is brought back to Massachusetts.