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U.S. Attorney: Four Indy Gun Ring Suspects In Custody

Federal authorities announced Monday the arrest of four suspects in connection with a gun trafficking ring on the west side of Indianapolis.

AK-47 machine gun

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An AK-47, much like the ones confiscated in a recent federal raid.

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says the arrests follow nearly two years of investigation and involve the illegal sale of three-dozen firearms and two-thousand rounds of ammunition.

“Criminal complaints have been filed against these individuals,” Hogsett says. “The dates of the investigation range from march of 2010 through October of this year.”

Firearms confiscated include two uzi automatic machine guns, three AK-47s and stolen shotguns. In custody are Indianapolis residents Robert Goings, Carlos Saavedra-Gallegos and Federico Garza, as well as Victor Espinoza of Danville. Still, Hogsett says the investigation is incomplete.

“Four people are in custody,” he says. “There remains one fugitive that we are pursuing. Five total arrests that we intend to make.”

Hogsett says the men operated out of Danville and from a parking lot on U.S. 40 in Indianapolis. Hogsett says the total number of federal gun-related charges logged so far this year tops 70. Last year‘s total was just 14.

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