AZ: 3 Phoenix Men Indicted for Conspiracy To Purchase Guns Using False Statements

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – -(AmmoLand.com)- On August 3, 2021, a federal grand jury in Phoenix returned a 65-count indictment against Chris Oliver, 23, of Gilbert, Arizona, Michael Kelly, 23, of Tempe, Arizona, and Dion Delpino, 23, of Gilbert, Arizona, for conspiracy to make false statements in the acquisition of firearms and 63 instances of making a false statement during the purchase of firearms. In addition, the indictment charges Oliver with dealing in firearms without a license.

The indictment alleges that Oliver, Kelly, and Delpino conspired to purchase firearms from licensed dealers by means of false statements and representations. It also alleges that, on 63 occasions between September 2019 and November 2020, Oliver, Kelly, and Delpino used false statements to successfully purchase 102 firearms from 14 licensed dealers throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. Oliver then sold these firearms to persons known and unknown in Arizona and elsewhere.

“Evidence shows that illegally-trafficked firearms go hand-in-hand with violent criminal acts,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Glenn McCormick. “The District of Arizona remains steadfast in its commitment to work with  law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who fuel dangerous offenses by violating federal firearms laws.”

On July 22, the Department of Justice launched five cross-jurisdictional strike forces to help reduce gun violence by disrupting illegal firearms trafficking in key regions across the country. Leveraging existing resources, the regional strike forces are working to stem the supply of illegally trafficked firearms from source cities, like Phoenix, into five key market regions: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area/Sacramento Region, and Washington, D.C.

“The District of Arizona’s indictment is an important example of the partnership across jurisdictions to identify and prosecute the sources of illegally trafficked firearms,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert of the Eastern District of California.  “As part of the new firearms trafficking strike force for the San Francisco Bay Area/Sacramento Region, the Eastern District of California commends the District of Arizona for its important work in holding traffickers accountable.”

“I wish to commend the efforts of our agents and the United States Attorney’s Office as these indictments exhibit our collective efforts in combating firearms trafficking. Together, with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to focus on these criminals that promote gun violence in our community,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge, Gabriel Pinon.

Convictions for conspiracy, false statement during the purchase of a firearm, and dealing firearms without a license, are each punishable by a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, or both, and a term of supervised release of three years.

An indictment is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, and Scottsdale Police Departments, as well as Homeland Security Investigations and Phoenix Police Department – Commercial Narcotics Interdiction Unit, is conducting the investigation in this case. Coleen Schoch, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix, is handling the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR 21-00600-DLR (DMF)
RELEASE NUMBER:    2021-049_Oliver

Phoenix Field Division


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.

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KDad
KDad (@kdad)
3 months ago

5 years on each count is about right ! If they die in prison, so be it ! It’s this scum that makes it difficult for law-abiding gun owners to get and keep firearms !

JSNMGC
JSNMGC (@jsnmgc)
3 months ago
Reply to  KDad

Will you say the same thing when it is a felony to own an unregistered semiautomatic rifle? That is, when the local Sheriff arrests someone for not registering their six semiautomatic rifles, will you say the person should be arrested and get 30 years and you hope they die in prison? Will you say it is those people who refuse to register their firearms that are making it difficult for the people who keep their single shot .22 at a government facility, operated by government employees, who allow “law-abiding gun owners” to shoot at government-approved targets under the scrutiny of… Read more »

Tionico
Tionico (@tionico)
3 months ago
Reply to  KDad

ronthink. No, “this scum” is not why it is incresingly difficult for law abiding citizens to get and keep firearms. I bought my first rifle walking into a gun store in a state in which I did not legally reside, when I was under the age of eighteen. Picked out my rifle, plonked down some greenbacks on the conuter, walked out with the rifle. No ID did not know my name, nor where I lived or my age. Was he lax and sloppy? No, that was simply the way EVERYONE bought guns then. Now if a friend pops round for… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion (@wizardkiller)
3 months ago
Reply to  Tionico

LOUDER!!!! EVERY LAW PASSED IS A FREEDOM LOST! There should be no law on the book that makes something a crime when there is NO VICTIM. Any law that does, is TYRANNY.

Last edited 3 months ago by CourageousLion
motodad369
motodad369 (@motodad369)
3 months ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Truth

StLPro2A
StLPro2A (@stlpro2a)
3 months ago
Reply to  KDad

No, it’s the politicians using these Useful Idiots as justification for their tyrannical 2A infringing laws. There fixed it for ya’.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  StLPro2A

Useful idiots like KDad.

motodad369
motodad369 (@motodad369)
3 months ago
Reply to  KDad

Idiot

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty (@azlefty)
3 months ago

GOOD! These USA hating Cretans need ot be locked up for a long time; they were either taking them to California to sell to Felon Gang members or to Mexico for the Cartels.

Remember all of you attacking those who stopped them you are supporting Felon Gang Members and Mexican cartels; your gaslighting does not change that

JSNMGC
JSNMGC (@jsnmgc)
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Arrest the criminals for murder, armed robbery, rape, battery, theft, and being in the U.S. illegally.

Tionico
Tionico (@tionico)
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

can you reveal the information you have, and its source, to back up these claims? If not, we have NO BASIS on which to believe your hysterical rant.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion (@wizardkiller)
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

So, you’re a precog? You “know” what these guys were doing with them? Too many drugs in your diet?

jrw40113
jrw40113 (@jrw40113)
3 months ago

When are they going to go after Hunter for his firearms crimes? Probably never since he is protected by the imperial fed and slo mo.

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty (@azlefty)
3 months ago
Reply to  jrw40113

What Crime? Perhaps you should learn the law instead of Bleating what every RWNJ infotainment host says

motodad369
motodad369 (@motodad369)
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Standard libertard response whenever confronted with an uncomfortable fact. Profanity filled rants or sexual accusations are soon to follow.

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt (@gregoryromeu)
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Have you any idea how ignorant you look when you talk about something you know absolutely nothing about?

JimmyS
JimmyS (@jimmys)
3 months ago

Intentionally subverting the Constitution is treason.

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty (@azlefty)
3 months ago
Reply to  JimmyS

True and Trump should be arrested and treed for his attempt on 01/06

Don
Don (@kivaari)
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Do you mean where he told them to peacefully and patriotically go to the capitol? You know the one FBI cleared him of any wrong doing. Telling people to peacefully protest isn’t a crime.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
3 months ago
Reply to  Don

,
Solidly correct. Lefty has no case.

Tionico
Tionico (@tionico)
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

once more, put up the PROOF that Trump “incited” that half million crowd to go destroy or invade or take over or even breach the CApitol. Then explain how that crowd, a mile and a half away from the “scene of violence” was able to travel that distance, in an YUUUUGE crowd, walking, in minus forty five minutes.

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt (@gregoryromeu)
3 months ago
Reply to  Tionico

And that walk of Constitution avenue from the White House to the Capitol will wear most people out.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Excellent projection, Comrade!

Bubba
Bubba (@2abubba)
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Lol. You make me laugh.
Idiots like you are why we are in this mess.
Idiots like you have subverted or outright destroyed the constitution.
You have trampled the Bill of Rights.
You have taken a knee to our National Anthem.
If you morons hate the USA so much then leave.
I hear there are job openings for you in “Talibanistan”
I’m sure we can get you the first flight out. Pack light. Plenty of guns and ammo waiting for you.
Your illegitimate incompetent president left you all the Weaponry you can carry.

motodad369
motodad369 (@motodad369)
3 months ago
Reply to  Bubba

Nailed it.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion (@wizardkiller)
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

This your daddy?

motodad369
motodad369 (@motodad369)
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

And there it is. Trump did it. Brian Stelter whisper sweet nothings in your ear much?

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt (@gregoryromeu)
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Really and what crime did he commit? Please, we are waiting for you to cite the actual crime that he committed.

motodad369
motodad369 (@motodad369)
3 months ago
Reply to  JimmyS

TRUTH

Stag
Stag (@eriggle83)
3 months ago

Looks like the government thugs are bragging about armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and violation of rights again.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC (@jsnmgc)
3 months ago
Reply to  Stag

“Together, with our [local] law enforcement partners, we will continue to focus on these criminals that promote gun violence in our community,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge, Gabriel Pinon. OlTrailDog and many other posters on this site continue to appologize for state, county, city/town enforcers, saying alternatively: Local enforcers won’t continue to enforce gun laws as new ones are created; and You can’t expect them not to – they might lose their government job (the horror) if they don’t arrest you for failure to register. https://rumble.com/vlmtdo-children-in-australia-are-being-forcibly-taken-from-their-parents.html Also, put this in your search engine: Australia painted as a ‘dystopian nightmare’… Read more »

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty (@azlefty)
3 months ago
Reply to  Stag

NO this was not a Trump speech

Tionico
Tionico (@tionico)
3 months ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

is Dnald J Trump the CAUSE of yuor life bieng so miserable these days? If yuo think that, GROW UP. Trump is not now nor was he ever the cause of anything in YOUR life.

motodad369
motodad369 (@motodad369)
3 months ago
Reply to  Tionico

He’s suffering from terminal TDS.

HLB
HLB (@hlb482gmail-com)
3 months ago

dealing firearms without a license”

Why do I find this concept alien to the founders of this country?

HLB

HLB
HLB (@hlb482gmail-com)
3 months ago
Reply to  HLB

I assume that in the time of John Adams and Pennsylvania one could go to the closest blacksmith or foundry or set up his own and produce the most advanced weaponry of the day, without permission from anybody. It would still be the same today if the calibre of the people were sufficient.

HLB

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill (@deplorable-bill)
3 months ago

Ammo land, please review mu words early enough that the article is still up and running. Time now is 2036. GOD bless.

Arm up and carry on

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill (@deplorable-bill)
3 months ago

…..”the RIGHT to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”. That is self explanatory even to children and it is still self explanatory to most anyone who has anything more than a third grade education. That includes presidents, legislators, judges, lawyers, enforcement officers and everyone else. Any law that runs counter to the constitution is null and void as per the supreme court see; Mayburry vs Madison. If a man has no sword (the real assault weapon of that day), he is to sell his cloak (his outer garments) and buy one”. JESUS CHRIST the HOLY SON of GOD.… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion (@wizardkiller)
3 months ago

When Randy was visiting one day, I asked him about the 1/4″ story. He said, HELL NO, I CUT IT OFF RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE HANDGUARD. What difference should it make?” I said NONE. Yes, he lived in Bergmann Arkansas for a few years and I became a friend of his. This picture was taken in his house.

The other Jim
The other Jim (@the-other-jim)
3 months ago

We don’t want your kind of work Jack….assisting people falsify their records on firearms applications, and selling large quantities of firearms without a firearms license. What your doing is illegal Jack.

The other Jim
The other Jim (@the-other-jim)
3 months ago

We don’t want your kind of work….assisting people falsify their records on firearms applications, and selling large quantities of firearms without a firearms license. What your doing is illegal David.

Cam
Cam (@cam)
3 months ago

If I was their attorney I would move for dismissal due to the fact that hunter biden was not charged for filing false info on his 4473.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
3 months ago
Reply to  Cam

,
You mean that the atty should move for dismissal on the grounds of Selective Prosecution. The court would not take his word for it. The lawyer would have to make a showing that false info on the 4473 is hardly ever prosecuted, and his client is being singled out.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
3 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

If courts frowned on selective prosecution we wouldn’t need half the judges we have today. They don’t care.

Dubi Loo
Dubi Loo (@dubi-loo)
3 months ago

F the AFT

CourageousLion
CourageousLion (@wizardkiller)
3 months ago
Reply to  Dubi Loo

Agreed…Especially Herb Byerly.