KANKAKEE — Hipolito Bello, of Kankakee, was arrested on federal weapon charges in Kankakee by the Kankakee ATF Task Force and Kankakee police Gang Enforcement Tactical Unit on June 4.
Bello was indicted by a federal grand jury in May for possessing a firearm by a convicted felon.
The 26-year-old Bello is alleged to have been in possession of a .38 caliber revolver on April 17.
Bello has a prior felony conviction in 2012 for aggravated discharge of a firearm and a 2010 felony theft.
If convicted, Bello is facing 10 years in federal prison.
He is currently in the custody of U.S. Marshals Service, pending his trial.
The case was the result of ongoing investigations related to gun violence in the Kankakee area by the task force formerly known as Kankakee Project Safe Neighborhoods.
The task force includes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and investigators with the Kankakee Police Department working in cooperation with the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Central District of Illinois and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office.