Chicago Man Charged in Federal Court With Trafficking More Than a Dozen Guns

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CHICAGO — -(AmmoLand.com)- A Chicago man has been arrested on federal firearm charges for allegedly trafficking more than a dozen guns, including a “ghost gun” and a machine gun, in the city this year.

ANTHONY PEREZ-FLORES, 27, is charged with willfully dealing firearms without a license and illegally possessing firearms as a previously convicted felon. Perez-Flores was arrested Thursday. A detention hearing is set for June 22, 2022, at 1:30 p.m., before U.S. Magistrate Judge Young B. Kim.

The charges and arrest were announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Kristen de Tineo, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; David Brown, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department; and Thomas J. Dart, Cook County Sheriff. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jasmina Vajzovic.

According to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Perez-Flores sold 13 firearms on ten different occasions in Chicago this year. The transactions allegedly occurred in an alley in the Dunning neighborhood on the city’s Northwest Side.

One of the firearms was considered a “ghost gun” because it contained no identifiable serial number and had been manufactured from parts collected from various sources. Another of the firearms was equipped with a machine gun conversion device, commonly known as a “switch,” allowing for multiple rounds to be fired with a single pull of the trigger. Unbeknownst to Perez-Flores, the individual to whom he sold the guns was an undercover law enforcement officer, the complaint states.

Perez-Flores was on parole for a state firearm conviction when he allegedly sold the guns to the undercover officer. As a previously convicted felon, Perez-Flores was prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.

Disrupting illegal firearms trafficking is a centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s cross-jurisdictional strike force aimed at reducing gun violence. As part of the Chicago firearms trafficking strike force, the U.S. Attorney’s Office collaborates with ATF and other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in the Northern District of Illinois and across the country to help stem the supply of illegally trafficked firearms and identify patterns, leads, and potential suspects in violent gun crimes.

Holding illegal firearm possessors accountable through federal prosecution is also a focus of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) – the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction strategy. In the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Attorney Lausch and law enforcement partners have deployed the PSN program to attack a broad range of violent crime issues facing the district.

The public is reminded that a complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The illegal possession charge is punishable by up to ten years in federal prison, while the unlawful dealing charge carries a maximum sentence of five years. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Chicago Field Division


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of the 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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SGT_Wombat

I used to live right by the Dunning neighborhood. Why did they wait to arrest him until he sold 13 firearms 10 different times? Why not bust him after the first sale since he was a felon in possession of a firearm?

Russn8r

Why didn’t ATF & FBI bust the alleged Las Vegas shooter? They obviously knew all about him or he was their asset. They know all about almost every mass murderer and do nothing, including the 911 jihadis.

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Wild Bill

Yes, it was disturbing that LVPD did not let ATF or anyone else examine the weapons.

StLPro2A

Do stupid stuff, win stupid prizes. That dumbass provides fuel for infringing We The Little Peeps’ rights.

Don

Why all the ATF hatred when they took a low life convicted felon off the street for selling and possessing guns? He even sold a machine gun. ATF was just doing the job they are supposed to be doing. ATF isn’t a lovable group, and has some bad agents, but they do get the job done most of the time.

Russn8r

Machine guns are protected by 2A. ATF is a criminal organization. You’re an ATF apologist. Why are you here, Don?

Stag

Why so much love for a group who’s sole purpose is the violation of rights? Where does the second amendment say one can not possess and/or sell arms?

Yeah, they get the job done. As long as the job is harass, extort, kidnap, and murder…they’ll get it done.

Skeeter

What parts of “felon,” “illegal,” or “prohibited,” is so hard to understand? Play stupid games, and you win stupid prizes, criminals belong behind bars.

Roland T. Gunner

Why does Project Safe Neighborhoods target “illegal firearms ‘posessors’ ” posession is not a violent crime; should not BE a crime.

Wild Bill

Correct, the underlying felony that renders one unable to posses firearms is a life time sentence not contemplated by the judge or jury.

JSNMGC

“As part of the Chicago firearms trafficking strike force, the U.S. Attorney’s Office collaborates with ATF and other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners . . . “

Lysander Spooner

Yep, they’re all Redcoats.

Ope

@LS, 99% of that local and state police cooperation with ATF and feds comes in blue states controlled by wild eyed socialists. It’s for the most part unheard of in TEXAS and the SOUTH to aid the feds in their criminal conduct. As a matter of fact most Southern jurisdictions have even made that cooperation a criminal act specified by state and local law. TEXAS state law is very specific !

Stag

It really is amazing how easy it is to find numerous articles, stories, videos, etc.. that prove just how wrong you are about Texas and the south.

WeWereWarned

It is Stockholm syndrome that conservative cowards like ope have with the socialist enforcers. It is like a person who says a socialist cop will be on the side of us patriots in a war to restore Liberty. They are saying that enforcer, will protect the Bill of Rights, now that they are not taking tax funds to violate it. That would be the moral equivalent of saying a child molester would be a good babysitter. They made it to where a socialist enforcer can violate our rights or murder us armed Citizens, and they take the socialists side. The… Read more »

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Roland T. Gunner

Ope, I do not know your background, but you are as wrong as wrong can be. Texas LEOs, like the vast majority of LEOs across the US, cooperate wholeheartedly with federal investigations and enforcement; and the ones who only cooperate halfheartedly still cooperate, because they want to keep their jobs and pensions. I no longer felt that personal crime-fighter mandate to be the hammer to all of society’s nails for all the minor victimless crimes amd enforcement of unconstitutionsl laws, so I retired at 47 from Houston, HPD. But make no mistake, your typical officer likes the power, the overtime… Read more »

Wild Bill

Powerfull testimony based upon personal experience, but when you write “… the vast majority”, then, I think it is just a guess.

RegT

True, Wild Bill, but I worked for four different agencies between CA and CT, and it was the case in those agencies I worked for. A lot of cops enjoyed being stroked by the Feds, as well. I was told by a DEA agent that I should apply to DEA and he would recommend me, when discovered a free-basing set-up while I worked for San Diego PD. I thanked him kindly, but had no interest in going Fed.

RegT

I saw this myself, when I worked for San Diego PD.

swmft

the power hungry self important ones are the ones most likly to be stealing or taking money from dealers ,the river cops were just getting rid of scum, problem was they were the scum . with dea we had other federal agents from alphabet soup that you could bring in or grab a contact from . there was so much questionable stuff done under color of law local police would do a illegal search not take what they found call us so we could make a clean stop and arrest If all the Illegal police actions nullified trials about half… Read more »

Russn8r

That’s a BIG LIE, TEX.

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Ope

ABOLISH ATF,RESCIND NFA !

JSNMGC

Lysander Spooner,

Ope was trained to lie. He was encouraged to lie. He was rewarded financially for lying.

Here is the Dallas (TEXAS) police department working with the BATFE to cage a man for over 3 years:

https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndtx/pr/waxahachie-man-sentenced-41-months-federal-prison-firearms-convictions

The website is easy to browse. You can see state, county, and city/town enforcers all over the south cooperating with the BATFE to enforce never-ending gun control laws against their fellow countrymen.

SAPA laws are meaningless (because enforcers lobbied legislators to make them meaningless).

Wild Bill

Have you met the man?

swmft

ope is going on preconceived, notion rather than opening his eyes , most people do. It is hard to look at all the bad and see it is getting worse, easier to put your head in the sand than try to fix it

Wild Bill

I was merely pointing out JSNMGC’s logic error. He made several unsupported conclusions.

WeWereWarned

The ope guy is lying, that is all you need to know to understand that he is a small caliber man not worth meeting.

Wild Bill

This is also an unsupported conclusion.

Russn8r

Don’t need to. Don’t pretend you don’t know TEX=Ope=Bruce=Will=FordWill=many other sock pup accounts. That alone is dishonest. He lies every day here, with his posse to upvote himself, troll & instantly DV others.

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hippybiker

Evidently, he was caught and busted because he probably didn’t pay off the “Bag Man” in that area! Hey! It’s Illinois! Go figure!

Tionico

Well it would have been a lot cheaper, and not nearly as time consuming to just fit the man for his own personal pair of cement overshoes, as in time past in Chiraq

swmft

move him to Brownsville and have him work for obummer and holder

Russn8r

As does NSSF, which refers to these criminals as “our federal partners.”