A Colorado man was arrested for conspiring to unlawfully transport firearms via the internet, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.
According to U.S. Attorney Sellinger, Hunter Weeks, 22, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was arrested in Colorado and is charged by complaint with conspiracy to unlawfully transport firearms and possession and transportation of an unregistered firearm.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From February 2021 through July 2021, undercover law enforcement agents communicated with several individuals, including Weeks, via a social media platform where individuals advertised for the sale of various narcotics and firearms.
During this time period, Weeks’ fingerprints were found on the parcels used to mail three firearms from addresses in Colorado to New Jersey that were sold to the undercover agents, including: a Glock firearm with an auto sear switch, making it a fully-automatic firearm; an Uzi assembled to function as machine gun; and an AR-15 firearm.
The count of conspiracy to unlawfully transport firearms charge carries a statutory maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
The possession of unregistered firearms charge carries a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Newark, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Damon Wood, Philadelphia Division; and special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Newark Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews, with the investigation leading to today’s arrest.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vera Varshavsky of the U.S. Attorney’s Cybercrime Unit in Newark.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.