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Interstate Firearms Trafficker Sentenced

August 26, 2010

On Wednesday, Quawi Gates, 27, formerly of 2115 W. 71st St., Chicago, Ill., was sentenced to two 5-year sentences to be served consecutively for a total of 10 years in federal prison. Gates was sentenced for his role in a firearms trafficking scheme which resulted in the illegal interstate trafficking of firearms from Mississippi to Chicago, Illinois. Gates pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting another to cause a federal firearms dealer to keep false records in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 924 (a)(1)(A). More »

Three Arrested for Possession of Stolen Firearms

May 28, 2010

Special Agent in Charge Andrew L. Traver of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announces the arrest of Eric Caldwell, a 34 year old Country Club Hills, Illinois resident, for the illegal possession of a firearm by a felon. Caldwell was arrested on May 24, 2010 in Hammond, Indiana. More »

Berwin Businessman Arrested on Federal Illegal Gambling and Tax Fraud Charges; Added as Eighth Defendant in New Indictment

March 2, 2010

A Chicago man who allegedly helped a criminal organization run its illegal gambling activities was arrested today on federal gambling and tax fraud charges, federal law enforcement officials announced. The defendant, Casey Szaflarski, acting through his Berwyn business, Amusements, Inc., was charged with conducting an illegal gambling business since 2002, along with two other men, among seven total, who were charged previously. More »

Project Safe Neighborhood: South Suburban Chicago Man Charged in Armed Robberies of Convenience Stores

February 19, 2010

An April 19, 2010 trial date was set this morning when John A. Widdowson, 33, of South Holland, Illinois, was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal in Urbana, Illinois. On Feb. 9, a grand jury returned a seven-count indictment charging Widdowson with three counts of interference of commerce by robbery in January 2010; three counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence; and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. More »

Undercover “ATF” Resale Shop in Rockford Attracted Illegal Sales of More Than 50 Firearms and Narcotics

February 11, 2010

By word of mouth, news began to spread around Rockford beginning in April 2009 that the managers of a new resale shop in the 1200 block of Broadway were willing to purchase firearms, stolen property and narcotics and, soon, business was brisk. During the next six months, the managers of “Tony Tones All Thangs Fine” purchased more than 50 firearms, including a dozen sawed-off shotguns, most of them allegedly sold illegally either by individuals who were previously convicted felons or by individuals who believed they were selling firearms to convicted felons. More »

Chicago Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Possession of a Handgun and Crack Cocaine

January 7, 2010

A Chicago man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and distribution of crack cocaine, federal law enforcement officials announced today. More »