Feds announce record firearms arrests

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio is on tap to file a record number of firearms indictments for 2013.

Indictments for the first half of 2013 are at 124, U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach announced on Tuesday. In 2012, there were a total of 176 for the year.

“Our office and law enforcement partners continue to work around the clock the enforcing our nation’s firearms laws,” Dettelbach said. “We are on pace to file more firearms indictments than ever before.

A big contributor to the record numbers was “Operation Little D-town” in Warren. More than 150 firearms were seized as part of the investigation that resulted in charges against 55 suspects for violations of federal firearms and narcotics laws in April.  In addition, 42 suspects were charged in state court.

One of those Warren suspects, Lewis Powell, was indicted for illegally possessing 14 firearms, as well as body armor and weapons with obliterated serial numbers, as part of a conspiracy that brought heroin and cocaine from Detroit to Warren.

The most indictments filed came out of the Cleveland office, with 53, followed by the Youngstown office (43), Toledo office (16) and Akron office (12).

The highest number of indictments in the last decade was reached in 2005 when the office filed 220.

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