- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 20, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two Southern California police officers have been convicted of making illegal gun sales, including one to a convicted felon.

A federal jury in Los Angeles Wednesday convicted Gardena officers Carlos Fernandez and Edward Arao of conspiracy and dealing firearms without a license. They may now face long prison sentences.

Prosecutors say the officers used their positions to buy “off-roster” guns, which aren’t available to the general public but can be legally sold to law enforcement officers.

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Authorities say the pair then advertised the guns - mainly Colt .38-caliber handguns - online and illegally sold dozens in private sales.

Prosecutors say in one case, Fernandez sold 10 weapons to a Salinas man who, as a convicted felon, was forbidden from buying them.

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