Arrest Made in Gun-Trafficking Probe Related to Case Against Aaron Hernandez

Tim KeeneyContributor IApril 17, 2014

NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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In a development that is related to former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's murder case, Oscar Hernandez Jr., who is of no relation to Aaron, was arrested Wednesday as part of a gun-trafficking probe.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, via the Boston Globe's Martin Finucane, Hernandez Jr. was arrested in Florida "on federal charges of lying to a grand jury, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering." The arrest was "part of a probe of gun trafficking between Florida and Massachusetts."   

The investigation into the gun trafficking was in connection with the June 17 homicide of Odin Lloyd, for which Aaron Hernandez and two other men face murder charges. 

As Finucane reports, one of the guns recovered in the slaying, an FEG rifle, was found inside a car in Aaron Hernandez's garage.

The car had a Florida license plate, and according to the report, Hernandez Jr. reportedly lied to the grand jury and obstructed justice when he denied buying the vehicle and sending it to the house of the former Patriots star. 

He is also being charged for witness tampering after attempting to sway the testimony of the man he bought the car from. He will be brought to Massachusetts to face the charges at a later date. 

Aaron Hernandez, who was once seen as one of the most promising young pass-catchers in the NFL, was arrested in June for the murder of Lloyd and has remained in jail for the past 10 months. 

Even while behind bars, he has continued to make headlines for his actions and behavior. He reportedly got into a jailhouse fight in February and most recently is being investigated for threatening a jail guard.

As more details begin to circulate about his case, it becomes less and less likely there will be a resolution anytime soon.