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ATF set up bogus Kan. pawn shop in sting operation

November 16, 2011

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— Court documents show a federal agency conducting an undercover firearms investigation set up a bogus Wichita pawn shop called "Bandit Trading" in a yearlong operation that ensnared 67 defendants

Defense attorneys contend the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives paid a "de facto informant" to solicit others to engage in criminal activity and may have helped the agency entrap their clients.

Details of the sting emerged this week as defense lawyers seek to force the U.S. attorney's office to turn over copies of surveillance videos captured by at least four video cameras at the bogus pawn shop.

The U.S. attorney's office says prosecutors are preparing a written response and will present arguments in court.

The operation was aimed at taking guns away from convicted felons.

Comments

RoeDapple 3 years, 1 month ago

Wonder if they have any Rolex watches for cheap. My last one I got in Mexico for $39.95 but it didn't last very long . . .

july241983 3 years, 1 month ago

There is a great episode of the Simpsons where the cops get all of the characters with warrants to come down and pick up their "free boat." When Homer is arrested on an outstanding warrant, he yells - "Owww, my boating arm!!!"

devobrun 3 years, 1 month ago

Very nice, agnostic. Entertaining and enlightening. Mr. Oncoming only got 4 years. Probably managed to keep his meth addiction throughout his stay in the slammer and is now out

Prison should be categorized into meth, paranoid schizo, sex problems, etc. Just throw the like kind together and film the whole thing. For example, meth prison would be a bunch of demo derby cars in a big ring. They could go out and drive and yell "oncoming" until their heart's delight. Get it outta their system, maybe. Deplete their numbers and do so humanely....at least as far as they think of humanity.

pace 3 years, 1 month ago

they were going after guns, in criminal hands. About time, I wonder if any of the were originally sold by the ATF. Too many guns, too easy to get.

somedude20 3 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like that movie "Hot Stuff" with the late great Jerry Reed and Dom DeLuise . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_Stuff_(1979_film)

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