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6 arrested in gun trafficking investigation in King County

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 18, 2012 at 10:44 am |
April 18, 2012 10:44 am

Federal agents have arrested six men, including a 28-year-old Federal Way resident, in a gun trafficking sting in Renton.

Investigators allege the men sold semi-automatic assault rifles,  sawed-off shotguns, handguns and even a silencer to a person who was working with the Seattle Police Department’s gang unit, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The sales took place in Renton over several months this year.

The men were arrested over the past 24 hours. Investigators say they have taken 25 guns, many of which had been reportedly stolen, off the streets.

The six men are charged with firearm trafficking and being felons in possession of firearms. They are scheduled to make their first court appearances this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Prosecutors say four of them had prior felony records.

“Convicted felons illegally selling this kind of firepower is a dangerous combination,” U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said in a press release.

If convicted the men face up to ten years in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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