Eleven arrested for illegal gun sales

Published: Feb. 1, 2006 at 10:08 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2006 at 2:06 PM CST
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Late Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Attorneys office announced 11 men are under arrest for selling guns illegally.

The illegal deals were going down at flea markets.

An undercover operation dubbed "Operation Flea Collar" focused on three flea markets in Alabama, including one in Collinsville in DeKalb County.

At a news conference Wednesday, ATF agents along with local law enforcement unveiled the weapons recovered through Operation Flea Collar.

They seized more than 555 firearms including pistols, revolvers, shot guns and a street sweeper.

U.S. Attorney Alice Martin says many of the guns were found at crime scenes across the country.

"In the case of these 11 indictments they did not have licenses they did not check the background of people in fact in our undercover video it's clear and we believe the evidence at trial will show they sold to people who identify themselves as convicted felons and identified themselves as other people who are coming in from other states to purchase guns," says Alice Martin, U.S. District Attorney.

If convicted, they face five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each count charged.