April 18, 2012 at 9:24 AM
6 Seattle-area men arrested for firearms trafficking
A federal and local law-enforcement task force has arrested six men over the past day on firearms-related charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced this morning.
The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and Seattle police gang officers participated in the firearms sting. A total of 25 firearms, many of which had been reported stolen, were seized, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“The defendants trafficked all kinds of firearms, including semi-automatic assault rifles, sawed off shotguns, handguns, and even a silencer,” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a news release. “Convicted felons illegally selling this kind of firepower is a dangerous combination.”
According to the indictment, the weapons were sold in Renton to a person working with law enforcement over a period of months in early 2012. Five of the defendants are charged with conspiracy to unlawfully deal firearms, and unlawfully dealing in firearms. Individually, four of the men are charged with being a felon in possession of firearms, according to the news release.
Indicted were Seattle residents Andre M. Conerly, 25, Joshua Dawson, 20, James L. Henderson, 22, Daunte R. Williams, 29, Alexander J. Olivio-Altheimer, 21. Also indicted was Djuan O. Gardner, 28, of Federal Way. The men will appear for an initial court hearing this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
“The detectives on this investigation worked tirelessly over months to build a case that resulted in the removal of dangerous weapons off our streets and the arrests of those responsible,” Seattle police Chief John Diaz said in the release.
If convicted, the men each face up to 10 years in prison.
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