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Hernandez associate linked to gun-running ordered held

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The Florida man charged with lying to a federal grand jury investigating gun trafficking and former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was ordered held without bail by a federal magistrate judge.

Oscar Hernandez, Jr., will be detained in part because the magistrate said he denied smoking marijuana even though he was arrested for it in 2012. Hernandez' potential long prison sentence if convicted also played a role in his being detained.

Hernandez was indicted yesterday, accused of giving false statements to the grand jury during its investigation into alleged gun trafficking. The investigation stems from three firearms found during the course of the investigation into the murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro. An initial detention order mistakenly identified one of the three guns as being the murder weapon.

Authorities have said the murder weapon has not been found, and so far no statements have been made publicly indicating the .45 caliber gun that killed Lloyd has been found.

Hernandez was arrested Wednesday night on federal charges amid allegations that he lied to the federal grand jury. He is charged with obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and lying to a federal grand jury.

Investigators allege Hernandez gave false testimony in response to questions about the ownership of a Toyota Camry. Officials allege Hernandez had purchased a Camry from a man identified as "KS." They claim the false statement was "material because the grand jury was investigating the interstate transportation of firearms from Florida to Massachusetts in, among other things, the Toyota Camry."

"The grand jury's investigation was based, in part, upon trace information obtained by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in response to a request from the Massachusetts State Police, on three firearms that were recovered in connection with an investigation into a June 17, 2013 homicide in North Attleboro, Massachusetts," reads the indictment in-part.

Hernandez appeared in court Thursday for an initial appearance, during which the judge denied him bond. He will be transported to Massachusetts to face charges.

Oscar Hernandez has previously been mentioned in court by defense attorneys representing former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez. In February, Aaron Hernandez's attorneys requested notes and interviews with Oscar Hernandez conducted by law enforcement officials outside of Massachusetts.

Investigators have not clarified the relationship between Oscar and Aaron Hernandez. The former New England Patriot is being held without bail in Odin Lloyd's murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

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