Three men accused of selling guns and drugs out of a T-shirt printing shop in a Riverdale strip mall have been indicted on federal charges.
Authorities said Kyle Sims, 33, Herman Fields, 38, and Peter Armour, 24, sold firearms for cash without conducting background checks. Sims and Fields are also accused of selling marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and Xanax to undercover federal agents, the Department of Justice said Thursday.
“Using connections with various individuals, Sims also offered his customers a wide range of firearms for cash, with no questions asked, no ID check, and without the paperwork required for a legal gun purchase,” prosecutors said in a news release. “Through the same undercover operations, the ATF allegedly purchased 9mm pistols and a machine gun at the storefront.”
Sims and Armour are charged with possession of a machine gun for allegedly selling a fully automatic rifle with a high capacity magazine to undercover agents in May for $1,250.
Sims, a registered sex offender who was on probation at the time of his arrest, is also charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon for allegedly selling pistols to agents, authorities said.
“Illegal possession and sales of firearms goes hand in hand with drug trafficking and violence,” U.S. Attorney BJay Pak said. “In this case, law enforcement quickly put an end to the defendants’ illicit business.”
While Sims and Armour are in custody, Fields remains at large, prosecutors said. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call the ATF or the U.S. Marshals Service with information.
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