Puleaga Pele, 44, of Hesperia arrested for allegedly selling ghost weapons – a fast-growing crisis – VVNG.com

HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) – Puleaga Pele, 44, of Hesperia, was arrested for allegedly selling ghost weapons, a fast-growing problem recognized by the LAPD last year as a “crisis” after seeing a 400% increase in these types of weapons. guns in the streets.

Ghost Guns are privately assembled, untraceable firearms with parts that can be made with a 3D printer. They can be assembled from kits marketed through popular social media apps, with some popular content creators selling “water guns”, aimed at young teens. These can then be modified, and when placed in the hands of criminals, they become very dangerous.

At Pele’s home, dozens of illegal firearms without serial numbers were reportedly found, leading to his arrest following a federal criminal complaint alleging he acted as a gun dealer. without license.

He was arrested at his home on Friday morning while law enforcement was executing a search warrant there and is currently charged with one count of trafficking in unlicensed firearms, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Department of Justice. Justice.

Pele is expected to make his first appearance in United States District Court on Monday in downtown Los Angeles.

According to an affidavit filed with the complaint, in July 2022, law enforcement raided a residence in the San Fernando Valley as part of a separate investigation. While examining the digital device of an investigation target, law enforcement allegedly discovered communications in which an individual – later identified as Pelé – offered to sell to the investigation target several firearms, which appeared to be of an unknown manufacturer and without serial numbers. the district attorney’s office said in its statement.

Law enforcement said they later traced the firearms to Pele’s residence, which was searched this morning pursuant to a warrant, the affidavit states.

“Inside Pelé’s home and in a Hummer truck in the garage, law enforcement allegedly found a total of 33 firearms, 10 of which were privately-made firearms (aka “ghost guns”). “), a stolen firearm, a machine gun, thousands of cartridges, and various high-capacity magazines and firearm parts,” the report said.

Pelé does not have a federal firearms license to buy or sell firearms, according to the affidavit. If convicted of the charge, Pele faces a maximum statutory sentence of five years in federal prison.

Homeland Security Investigations and the Los Angeles Police Department are investigating this case.

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