Federal Way man faces gun trafficking charges
April 19, 2012 · Updated 2:03 PM
Mirror staff reports:
Six men from King County, including a Federal Way resident, have been arrested and indicted on gun trafficking charges.
The defendants are accused of trafficking all kinds of firearms, including semi-automatic assault rifles, sawed-off shotguns, handguns and a silencer.
The indictment is part of an undercover investigation involving the Seattle Police Department, the FBI and the ATF. The arrests were made April 17-18, according to an announcement from U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan.
A total of 25 guns were seized, many of which were reported stolen. Six suspects were charged with firearms trafficking and being felons in possession of firearms. Among the suspects is Federal Way resident Djuan Gardner, 28. The other five suspects are Seattle residents Andre Conerly, 25, Joshua Dawson, 20, James Henderson, 22, Daunte Williams, 29, and Alexander Olivio-Altheimer, 21.
The suspects are scheduled to make their initial appearances in U.S. District Court at 2:30 p.m. April 19 in Seattle.
If convicted, the men face up to 10 years in prison.
Detectives worked on the case for months, according to Durkan's office. The weapons were sold to a person working with law enforcement over a period of months in early 2012. The sales occurred in Renton. Five of the defendants are charged with conspiracy to unlawfully deal firearms, and unlawfully dealing in firearms. Individually, four of the men are charged with being a felon in possession of firearms.