Firefighter charged with selling illegal machine guns
By Mike McPhee
Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Last Updated:11/23/2005 01:45:03 AM MST
A Denver firefighter was arrested early Tuesday by federal agents and charged with selling illegal, fully automatic machine guns.
Firefighter first-grade Stan T. Ford, 34, was arrested without incident at his home in southwest Denver by FBI agents at 4:45 a.m. He appeared Tuesday afternoon before a U.S. magistrate, who ordered him held in custody until a preliminary hearing Monday.
Ford is charged with two counts of selling illegal machine guns to FBI informants, one for $2,800 on April 22 and one for $3,900 on Aug. 2. Denver Fire Chief Larry Trujillo suspended Ford without pay Tuesday, said spokesman Lt. Phil Champagne. Ford has been a firefighter since February 1999.
A FBI arrest warrant affidavit described Ford as having ties to an unnamed domestic terrorist organization and having anti-U.S. sympathies. No elaboration was provided.
Ford was investigated by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force
after being referred by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
According to Lt. Clif Northam, public information officer for the Sheriff's Office: "The information about Ford's possible terrorist ties came from a confidential informant we had back then. We never conducted a separate investigation into this. And we have no more information about him. We passed everything on to the FBI."
According to the FBI affidavit, Ford first raised suspicions in October 2003 when the El Paso County Sheriff's Office received information that he was attempting to purchase military communications equipment and night- vision goggles from a military installation in Colorado Springs.
The Sheriff's Office told the FBI it had information that Ford allegedly had obtained Chinese military equipment, according to the document.
The FBI said Ford approached an FBI informant at the Tanner Gun Show at the Merchandise Mart in Denver on Feb. 7, 2004. Two months later, the informant, at the FBI's direction, purchased a Glock pistol from Ford for $425, the document stated.
The informant stayed in touch with Ford over the next 11 months,
including one meeting at the Rocky Flats Lounge in Jefferson County, where Ford allegedly explained how to modify a legal weapon into a fully automatic weapon.
After a few more meetings, Ford met the informant on April 22 outside the U.S. post office in Broomfield, where he checked the informant for any transmitting devices, then allegedly sold him a Sten Mark V machine gun for $2,800, the document states.
Following more conversations, the two met again on Aug. 2 in the same parking lot, where Ford allegedly sold the informant a H&K G3, .308-caliber machine gun for $3,900, according to the document.
A third transaction involving a 5.56mm machine gun for $5,500 was being arranged last weekend when Ford became suspicious
, according to the document.
Staff writer Mike McPhee can be reached at 303-820-1409 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Moral of the story??????????
Making homemade machine guns is clearly not that fucking hard........, don't fucking sell them to people you hardly know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!