BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Two Region 8 men were indicted by a grand jury for reportedly transferring firearms to an illegal immigrant.
According to an affidavit from the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Arkansas, Bradley Hawks, the owner of Hawks, Inc in Blytheville, and the store's manager Larry Coleman facilitated and permitted an illegal immigrant to "select, negotiate prices of, and special-order firearms."
Hawks and Coleman let the immigrant use a computer at the business to order firearms through an out-of-state website called gunbroker.com.
Hawks, Inc kept an account for the website, but gave the immigrant the login and password to order a gun from out-of-state dealers.
Hawks and Coleman also reportedly talked with different sellers on the phone and through email on behalf of the immigrant.
According to the indictment, the immigrant also gave a straw purchaser money to buy the guns.
A straw purchaser is someone who purchases firearms in place of a person who cannot pass a required federal background check, or does not want his or her full name associated with the purchase.
The immigrant provided the straw purchaser with money to buy the firearms for him from Hawks, Inc, because he was in the country illegally and is not allowed to purchase firearms.
On some occasions, the immigrant would directly pay Hawks and Coleman for the firearms.
The straw purchaser would complete paperwork to buy the firearms using their own information on the background check form, reportedly knowing the real recipient of the firearms was the illegal immigrant.
Hawks and Coleman would also document the buyer of the firearms was the straw purchaser, knowing that the immigrant was really the recipient of the firearms, according to the affidavit.
The indictment states the crimes took place from December 2013 to September 2014. In all, the immigrant was able to purchase five guns through Hawks and Coleman. Two of the guns were .38 caliber pistols. Three guns were .45 caliber pistols.
Hawks is scheduled to appear in court for plea and arraignment April 12.
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