- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Two Chicago cousins face federal weapons charges for allegedly selling more than a dozen guns on the city’s South Side.

A U.S. attorney’s office statement Tuesday says 26-year-old Benjamin Vasquez Jr. is accused of selling 16 guns, including an AK-47.

A complaint says his 27-year-old cousin, Jorge Vasquez, has also been involved in selling guns. It cites a rifle he allegedly sold in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood earlier this year for $1,000.

Benjamin Vasquez Jr. was arrested this month on a charge of possessing a firearm with an altered serial number. It carries a maximum five-year prison term.

His cousin was arrested in July and charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a felon. That carries a maximum 10-year in prison sentence.

Messages left for their lawyers weren’t returned.


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