- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona judge has dismissed criminal charges against a Phoenix gun shop owner accused of supplying firearms to Mexican drug cartels.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Gottsfield ruled Wednesday that the prosecution’s evidence against George Iknadosian wasn’t sufficient to support conviction.

The 47-year-old Iknadosian was accused of selling more than 700 “weapons of choice” to straw buyers, knowing that the firearms like A-K 47s were bought on behalf of Mexican narcotics syndicates. He was charged with fraud, money-laundering and other offenses.

Gottsfield ruled that all of the gun purchases were conducted legally, even if weapons ended up with the cartels.

The state Attorney General’s Office says it plans to appeal.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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