- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Three men have been indicted on federal charges of alleging selling stolen firearms to undercover officers in Harrison County.

The indictment also alleges they sold the officers cocaine, crack cocaine and hydrocodone.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1BVAoVc) Michael Watson, 21; Leo Craven, 45; and Andrew Harvey, 21, have been held without bond since their arrests July 23.

Their cases are set for the U.S. District Court’s criminal calendar that starts Dec. 1. The men have been assigned federal public defenders, according to court documents.

The indictment alleges the men conspired to sell stolen firearms, some with altered or obliterated serial numbers, from March 18 through July 23.

Each is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and unlicensed sales of firearms, and one or more counts of receipt, possession or disposal of stolen firearms.

Documents show Watson and Craven also face a charge of unlawful transfer of a firearm identified as a double-barrel, sawed-off, short-barrel 12-gauge shotgun, known for devastating damages at close range.

The indictment alleges Watson was involved in 25 gun sales, which included a camouflage military-style ballistic vest.

Craven is accused of participating in 21 gun sales and Harvey in eight.

Watson and Craven each face multiple counts of drug distribution and one count involving a firearm with an obliterated serial number shipped in interstate commerce.

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