- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - Authorities say a summer-long crackdown in northeast Ohio into the illegal gun trade and firearm ownership has led to criminal charges against 60 people.

Federal and state law enforcement agencies used undercover operations, tracing of firearm and ballistic databases and inspections of licensed dealers in their investigation.

Authorities say 42 people were indicted in federal court and 18 in state court in Cleveland. Charges against the defendants include dealing in firearms without a license, possession of sawed-off shotguns, felons in possession of firearms and ammunition, sales of weapons with filed-off serial numbers and drug charges.

Five people were indicted on charges that included the use of firearms in a drug conspiracy. Another involved the sale of guns by a man who did not have a federal firearms license.

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