ATF Arrests 'Straw Purchasers' Who Supplied 37 Guns to California Felons
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A six-month investigation has resulted in the arrest of two "straw purchasers," individuals who falsified information and purchased at least 37 firearms that were subsequently delivered to felons in Colorado Springs and Northern California.
Jerry Dean Jones, 48, and Sanae Quiroz-Jones, 53, both residents of Colorado Springs, Colo., were arrested on Sept. 2, 2009, in Denver.
Two other people, Travis Price, a former resident of Fairfield, Calif., and Wendy Gardiner, a former resident of Colorado Springs, Colo., were also alleged to have conspired to engage and willfully engage in the business of dealing firearms without a license.
Price, 33, is currently in state prison in Taft, Calif., on state felony violations. Federal charges will be pursued based upon the complaint and warrant issued.
Gardiner, 32, is wanted and currently a fugitive from justice.
To date, 12 of the 37 firearms have been recovered in criminal investigations throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
"Straw purchasers are responsible for illegal diversion of guns. Many of these firearms ended up in the hands of criminals and used in violent crimes," said ATF's Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Gleysteen. "We must stop the flow of guns from legal commerce to the criminals."
"No matter where one might fall in the debate over gun control, there is little dispute that firearms must not end up in the hands of convicted felons," said United States Attorney Lawrence Brown.
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