Chipley PD assists in ATF gun sting

Published: Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 12:23 PM.

Dothan, Ala. - The Chipley Police Department was part of a multi-agency investigation into the illegal sale of guns, resulting in ten arrests, including that of an Alabama school teacher.

"I am very much pro gun and for gun owners' rights, but this was a case of guns being sold illegally to convicted felons," said Chipley Police Chief Kevin Crews. "With all the felony violence and armed robberies in the world, those are the people who don't need guns. This was a case of felons selling to felons."

The suspects were arrested for illegal gun sales that took place at Sadie’s Flea Market in Dothan, Ala., located on Highway 231. Chipley Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) conducted the investigation using undercover agents and witnesses to make purchases.

U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama and ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fulton made the announcement earlier this week but wouldn't say exactly how long the investigation had been ongoing.

According to court documents, all those arrested had rented booths at Sadie’s Flea Market and engaged in the sale of firearms.

Nine of the ten arrested allegedly sold guns to individuals they knew had been convicted of a felony.  Four were also charged with selling firearms without a license.

Court records indicate some of those charged with illegal gun sales had been convicted of a felony themselves, which prohibited them from possessing a firearm under federal law.

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