Local & Regional
Thu September 23, 2010
Gun Running Allegations
By Associated Press
Tulsa, OK – 2 indicted in Okla. gunrunning case
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal grand jury has indicted two men in an illegal gunrunning case involving a former Oklahoma narcotics agent.
Lewisville, Texas, resident Gregorio Morales-Martinez and Jorge Blanco of Stillwater were charged Wednesday with conspiracy to illegally purchase 43 firearms in Oklahoma and transfer them to Texas. Officials say some were then smuggled into Mexico.
Prosecutors alleged that Morales-Martinez paid a co-conspirator to buy firearms, and the co-conspirator, identified as F.J.R., recruited other straw buyers, including Blanco. Authorities alleged the straw buyers falsely stated on a federal form that they were the "actual buyers of the firearms."
Morales-Martinez's attorney, Robert Robles, declined comment Wednesday.
Ex-Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs agent Francisco Javier Reyes is accused of using a false name to acquire guns and selling them to an unlicensed dealer.