10 arrested for illegal gun sales at Dothan flea market

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 1, 2014 

Ten men have been arrested and more than 200 firearms seized in connection with illegal guns sales at a Dothan, Ala., flea market, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.

The DOJ said in a release that all 10 had rented booths at Sadie’s Flea Market, where they were allegedly selling firearms. They are:

Richard Allen Cohen, 65; Robert Arthur Chudzik III, 27; William Dean, 84; Charles T. Grimes, 56; Thomas P. Knowles, 47; Marvin T. Jones, 70; David R. Loftin, 64, of LaGrange, Ga.; Ronald D. Sloan, 64; Charles P. Sly, 75; and Brent E. Underwood, 60.

According to U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama and Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fulton of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, nine of the 10 allegedly did knowingly sell firearms to convicted felons.

Four of the 10 are charged with the unlicensed sale of firearms.

Underwood is charged with selling a firearm to an out-of-state resident.

"Court records indicate that some of those charged with illegal gun sales had been convicted of a felony themselves, which prohibited them from even possessing a firearm," the DOJ said.

As a result of the arrests, the DOJ said ATF agents seized more than 200 firearms and 5,000 rounds of ammunition.

If convicted Cohen, Chudzick, Dean, Grimes, Knowles, Jones, Loftin, Sloan and Sly face a prison term of up to 10 years, a fine of not more than $250,000 and a term of supervised release of not more than three years, according to the DOJ.

Underwood faces a prison term of not more than five years, a $250,000 maximum fine and a term of supervise release of not more than three years.

The case will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Ledger-Enquirer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service