Felons met at Ramada Inn garage to sell guns as part of sting
By Chris Eger
Among those indicted in California as part of a record-setting sweep by federal agents last month were two men who made a series of sales in at a San Francisco motel.
Kermit Daryl Tanner, Jr and Brian Esqueda Perez were indicted along with more than 40 other defendants in federal court as part of Operation Cold Day. They charged with numerous weapons violations after an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
According to court documents, over a three-week period last January the pair, who had criminal records that prevented them from possessing firearms, set up gun sales with a third party through text messages and phone calls. Meeting three times in an underground parking garage at a Ramada Inn in South San Francisco, the men sold an Xtreme Machining AR-15 style .223 rifle, a Springfield XD 9mm pistol, and a Savage Edge .308 rifle. In all, $3,150 changed hands.
In each buy, Tanner allegedly placed a bag or container holding the gun and ammunition in the buyer’s vehicle and even pointed out issues relating to the firearm. Before each sale, photos and a description of the gun were exchanged via text message.
Following an indictment issued last month, Tanner and