It sometimes seems as if gangs are better armed than the police.
And based on the arsenal seized in conjunction with the arrests of three Denverites described as self-admitted gang members, there's a reason for that.
The bustees are Mychael Thomas, 29, Deondrey Brandon, 21, and Jasirii Thomas, twenty.
They were taken into custody in an operation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, also known as the ATF — meaning they'll be facing federal beefs for the seventeen gats now in the hands of authorities.
According to an indictment cited by the U.S. Attorneys Office, which will be prosecuting the trio, Brandon and Jasirii Thomas (see above) obtained the firearms — some of which were apparently stolen during residential burglaries in the Denver area.
They then delivered them to Mychael Thomas, who had a prior conviction that made his possession of them illegal.
The weapons included "a Glock 26, a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver, an AR-15, a Jimenez Arms .380 caliber handgun and a Mac 11, among others," the U.S. Attorney's Office points out, adding, that "the defendants alleged one was a machine gun."
Here's one photo of the seizures....
All three of the men, who were taken into custody on Monday, January 11, face conspiracy charges. Mychael is also staring down five counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and another related to the sale of a stolen firearm. Jasirii is charged with the latter, too.
For his part, Brandon's jacket includes two sale-of-a-stolen-firearm accusations.
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The three are slated for a detention hearing on Friday, January 15.
In the meantime, they remain in custody — as do the boom sticks they allegedly picked up on the streets of Denver.