2 DC men arrested for phantom gun trafficking
Two DC men have been charged with trafficking in firearms – including untraceable ‘ghost weapons’ – according to the DC Office of the Attorney General
Two DC men have been charged with trafficking in firearms – including untraceable ‘ghost weapons’ – according to the US Attorney’s Office for DC
Milique Wilson, 37, and Joseph Vincent Smith, 36, were charged with conspiracy, selling firearms without a license and illegal possession of a firearm by a criminal.
According to the indictment, Wilson and Smith worked with others to bring guns from places outside of DC, including locations in Maryland and Virginia, and sell or ship them elsewhere.
The indictment adds that on several occasions they contacted people who were prohibited from buying and owning firearms and sold at least five firearms, including two “ghost weapons” not Serialized, which are privately made weapons that can be purchased online and assembled with a kit at home.
Wilson was arrested on August 27 by DC police after he was seen wielding a gun in the Southeast. Officers found him in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant in the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue SE. He has been in detention since.
Smith was arrested at his residence on September 22 for possession of a firearm and 20 rounds.
The couple are being held pending litigation in U.S. District Court in DC
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