Two from Columbus charged in Ohio-to-Canada gun smuggling ring
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COLUMBUS â" A federal grand jury has charged four individuals -- two from Columbus -- with conspiring to illegally purchase firearms in an indictment returned Aug. 30 and unsealed Sept. 12.
Those charged include, Jeremy Hearn, 40, and Marcedes Green, 28, both of Columbus, Jerome Watkins, Jr., 33, of Niagara Falls, N.Y. and Kristina DeLorenzo, 31, of Lewiston, N.Y.
According to the indictment, from at least January 2018 until April 2018, co-conspirators served as either straw purchasers, couriers or resellers of firearms purchased in Columbus and eventually resold in Canada.Advertisement - Story continues below
Hearn allegedly purchased the firearms from various federally-licensed firearms dealers in Central Ohio by providing false information on ATF Form 4473. It is further alleged that Green, with money provided by Hearn, assisted in the purchase of at least six of the firearms.
Hearn, Watkins and DeLorenzo then allegedly acted as couriers or assisted in courier duties, regularly traveling between Columbus and Niagara Falls and/or across the Canadian border for resale. The U.S. Attorney said the group moved at least 38 firearms.
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