5 Charged in Conspiracy to Equip Gangs with Guns

Updated: 05/16/2014 7:42 AM
Created: 05/15/2014 5:00 PM
By: Cassie Hart

Five people have been indicted in what authorities are calling a conspiracy to equip gang members with guns.
According to criminal charges unsealed Thursday, two women bought guns for their boyfriends, who were barred from having firearms.
The women include a now-fired Hennepin County corrections officer, who allegedly met her boyfriend when he was in jail, and a Minneapolis schools cook.
They were charged, along with three men who cannot legally have firearms.
Some of the weapons turned up in local crimes.
Scott Sweetow is special agent in charge of the St. Paul office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He says two firearms seized Wednesday are being traced and may lead back to the women, or to other straw purchasers.

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