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October 26, 2023San Juan, PR, United StatesFirearms, Ammunition and Explosives

Hainze Díaz Arroyo, "La H," indicted for firearms violations

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A federal grand jury in Puerto Rico returned an indictment charging Hainze Diaz Arroyo, known in the music industry as Hanzel la H, with firearms violations. Diaz Arroyo was arrested on July 10 for violating his federal supervised release and has remained detained since his arrest.

According to court documents, Diaz Arroyo was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Authorities allege that on July 10, 2023, Diaz Arroyo, knowing he had been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed a Glock Model 23, which is a .40 caliber pistol; one 13-round capacity magazine; one 22-round capacity magazine; and 36 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition.

“To reduce the violence on our island, we need to focus on removing the firearms and the violent individuals from the streets; this is the second time in the last 10 years that this individual has been arrested for firearm violations,” said HSI San Juan Special Agent in Charge Rebecca Gonzalez-Ramos. “As an agency, we will not tolerate violent individuals who believe they are above the law.”

If convicted, Diaz Arroyo faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine his sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Marshals are investigating the case in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Police Bureau.

“Fighting gun violence remains a top priority for our office and the Justice Department and, as this case shows, we are steadfast in our commitment to prosecute those who violate federal firearms laws,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico W. Stephen Muldrow. “We commend the special agents, deputy U.S. Marshals and prosecutors who continue working together to fight against violent crime in our communities.”

“This significant arrest highlights the strategic coordination and collaboration of the United States Marshals Service and Homeland Security Investigations,” said U.S. Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico Wilmer Ocasio-Ibarra. “Hainze Diaz Arroyo thought he would evade the authorities in Puerto Rico. The U.S. Marshals Service is committed to the safety of our community; we will never stop the search of violent fugitives who are trying to evade the law. As we have always pointed out, it is a matter of time before we knock on your door.”

Deputy Chief of the Gang Unit and Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Zapata-Valladares and Assistant U.S. Attorney Corinne Cordero-Romo are prosecuting the case.

To report suspicious activities related to the illegal movement of firearms, call HSI San Juan's 24/7 phone line at 787-729-6969.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.