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The Tennessee Conservative Staff –
The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee announced that four people were arrested for allegedly selling illegal firearms at a Nashville convenience store.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) released an indictment naming 25-year-old Arnold Marks, 43-year-old Kamal Fakhry, 30-year-old Mykyta Strukov and 22-year-old Cassety Carver as the individuals arrested for weapon trafficking and conspiracy to commit weapon trafficking.
The four are accused of using a convenience store as a front to sell firearms unlawfully from April 2023 to August 2023 and selling firearms to previously convicted felons during that time. Fakhry is listed as the operator of the store that is located on Rains Avenue in the Woodbine area.
Authorities recovered 34 firearms that the suspects were attempting to sell to convicted felons and other individuals who were restricted from possessing a firearm.
According to a report by WKRN, agents also recovered two machine guns from Arnold Marks after he tried to sell them to a man known to be a convicted felon. Marks is also a previously convicted felon himself, on a charge of attempted especially aggravated robbery in 2017.
Federal, state, and local law enforcement searched seven locations throughout Nashville before arresting the group last week. 45 additional firearms were recovered by law enforcement after they searched. Multiple firearms, including a short-barreled shotgun and a short-barreled rifle that had been illegally modified, were also found.
The search also uncovered thousands of rounds of ammunition, approximately 16 pounds of marijuana, and other suspected controlled substances. The substances will undergo laboratory testing.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Metro Nashville Police Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.