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CA – GUN CRIME – Oakland-Based Snapchat Gun Dealer Gets Eight Years In Federal Prison

A man who was trafficking in weapons that he purchased in Nevada, where he lived part of the time, and sold via Snapchat in the East Bay, has received an eight-year prison term. Anthony Reed, 23, was indicted last November along with four other residents of California and Nevada after he and his co-conspirators sold 35 weapons to an undercover federal agent and then attempted to rob that same agent at gunpoint. As SFist earlier reported, Reed’s mode of choice for advertising his guns was Snapchat, and he was believed to have sold at least 100 firearms in and around Oakland, many to felons who were not legally allowed to own them. Among the weapons sold were numerous guns that are illegal in California, like Glock 9mm and .40 caliber pistols, and so-called “assault pistols” like a Zastava AK-style pistol. Last week, as the East Bay Times reports, Reed was sentenced to eight years in federal prison, and co-defendants James Medeiros, 25, of San Leandro, and Marcos Antonio Martenez, 25, of Oakland each received seven-year terms in the case. A third co-defendant, Benjamin Gormley, received a three-year sentence. All four men were accused of participating in the robbery in which an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was threatened at gunpoint and robbed of $8,000. The men were arrested on the scene of the robbery along with 20-year-old Jesus Angel Sanchez of Oakland.  [full article]

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