Feds, state law enforcement make illegal gun sale arrests

Feds, state law enforcement make illegal gun sale arrests

Federal prosecutors announced today what many have known for days: ten people arrested for illegal gun sales. The men are accused of illegally selling guns at a flea market near Dothan.

Federal prosecutors announced today what many have known for days: ten people arrested for illegal gun sales.  The men are accused of illegally selling guns at a flea market near Dothan.

The arrests are the result of a federal investigation where officers from Alabama and Florida went undercover, seizing more than 200 firearms and more than five thousand rounds of ammunition.

"There's no problem in selling your firearm.  But you cannot deal in the purchase and sell of firearms unless you are licensed to do so," said George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney with the Middle District of Alabama.

Some are charged with selling guns without a license, and others are accused of selling guns to felons.

Beck said some of the dealers are even felons themselves.

"The owners of Sadie's have cooperated fully,” Beck said.  “They are fully behind the intent of this law, and they have cooperated with law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to follow up and continue to participate."

"When people cross the line and they deal in illegal firearms or the illegal sale of firearms to people who are convicted felons, people who are violent criminals, then we're definitely going to partner with our federal partners with the U.S. Attorney's office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and we're doing to go after these criminals," said Houston county Sheriff Andy Hughes.

Beck said the probe is ongoing and doesn't rule out additional arrests.                                                                 

The following people were arrested:

Richard Allen Cohen, 65, years old, of Graceville, Florida

Robert Arthur Chudzik III, 27, years old, of Headland, Alabama

William Dean 84, years old, of Whigham, Georgia

Charles T. Grimes, 56, years old, of Opp, Alabama

Thomas P. Knowles, 47, years old, of Chancellor, Alabama

Marvin T. Jones, 70, years old, of Dothan, Alabama

David R. Loftin, 64 years old, of Lagrange, Georgia

Ronald D. Sloan 64 years old, of Cottondale, Florida

Charles P. Sly, 75 years old, of Slocomb, Alabama

Brent E. Underwood, 60 years old, of Coffee Springs, Alabama

If convicted, they could face up to ten years in prison and fines of up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars each.

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