ATF, FBI indict 11 in Ohio for firearms trafficking, including a machine gun (VIDEO)
By Christen Smith
Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH
Federal law enforcement officials announced the indictments of 11 Ohio residents last week for firearms trafficking, including the illegal transfer of a machine gun.
Kyle Walton, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Columbus Division — accompanied by the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Ohio and the Canton Police Department — announced the charges Thursday during a news conference in Canton.
Those indicted include: Rasheed Babb, 25; Shawntez Block, 25; Andre Bowers, 41; Ikasha Clark, 38; Darnell Curtis, 39; Kamari Kidd, 21; Tae’Vontae Miles, 22; Jesse Gulley, 44; Thomas Lorenz, 60; Arthur Keeney, 28, and Sean Foster, 33.
“Taking these guns off the street makes the community safer for all of us,” Walton said.
Investigators charged Bowers with illegally dealing firearms — including a Harrington & Richardson .32-caliber revolver, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Glock .40-caliber pistol, another Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle, a Rossi 20-gauge shotgun and a Kel-Tec 5.56 mm pistol — between January 2016 and February 2017. Kidd and Miles received charges for assisting Bowers in his trafficking operation.
Bowers also sold heroin during the same time frame and carries previous convictions of aggravated assault, cocaine trafficking, domestic violence, escape and other crimes, according