Friday, July 31, 2009

Four dirtballs about to lose their Second Amendment rights

One Defendant Claims to be Local Operative for a Mexican Drug Cartel. An investigation into guns being trafficked from Arizona to California has led to the arrest of four individuals, one of whom sold several machine guns to a undercover operative and claimed to be tied to a Mexican drug cartel.

The four defendants were arrested early this morning by special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department.

During the course of the 10-month investigation, authorities purchased or seized 50 firearms, including 17 guns that were discovered during the execution of search warrants this morning.

During the investigation, an undercover operative made a series of gun purchases from three of the defendants. The purchases included guns similar to AK-47s, Uzis and AR-15s, some of which were fully automatic weapons.

Those arrested today are:

Edgardo Prado Casteneda, aka "Primo," 26, of Azusa, who claimed to be a
Southern California operative of the La Familia drug cartel based in Michoacan,

Vicente Garcia Jr., aka "Chevy," 38, of Azusa

Steven Scott Blanks, 47, of Norco; and

Victor Velasquez, aka "Fingers," 34, of El Monte, who is accused of delivering a
quarter-pound of methamphetamine that was purchased by the undercover

The four defendants are scheduled to make their initial appearances this afternoon in United States District Court in Los Angeles.

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