Sacramento man convicted of making ghost guns, selling the firearms on Snapchat

A 20-year-old Sacramento man on Tuesday was convicted of unlawfully making ghost guns and advertising the firearms for sale in Snapchat videos, federal prosecutors said.

Andrew Jace Larrabure-Tuma, 20, pleaded guilty today to unlawful dealing and manufacturing firearms, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento announced in a news release.

On Sept. 28, 2021, federal and state investigators served a search warrant at Larrabure-Tuma’s apartment in North Highlands. There, the investigators found what appeared to be a firearm manufacturing operation.

Federal prosecutors said Larrabure-Tuma, who could not legally purchase a gun in California, ordered online kits for privately manufactured firearms, commonly known as ghost guns. He ordered the kits from Polymer80, a licensed firearms manufacturer based in Sparks, Nevada.

Larrabure-Tuma put the guns together and then sold the guns he had manufactured, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The investigation into Larrabure-Tuma began July 28, 2021, at a Safeway grocery store parking lot in Pollock Pines, where he unknowingly met with a confidential informant working for the Western El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team.

At that El Dorado County parking lot, Larrabure-Tuma sold the informant a disassembled AR-15-style gun and a full-auto switch designed to convert the firearm to a fully-automatic weapon. Details of the illegal gun sale were included in an affidavit filed in federal court on Oct. 8, 2021, by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The same informant on Aug. 4, 2021, bought a fully-automatic machine gun, along with 3.5 grams of cocaine from Larrabure-Tuma at the same Safeway parking lot, according to the affidavit. Five days later, a detective from the narcotics team found two videos Larrabure-Tuma had recently posted on his Snapchat account that showed him firing a Glock-style handgun several times out the side of the driver’s side window of his blue Ford Mustang near Bonetti Road in El Dorado County.

Investigators arrived at Larrabure-Tuma’s apartment several weeks later with the search warrant and a warrant for his arrest. The investigators found at his home partially completed firearms, firearm kits made by Polymer80, firearm parts, tools for manufacturing and finishing firearms, firearm accessories, completed firearms, and ammunition.

Larrabure-Tuma is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 10. Prosecutors said he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.