By Kathy Jefcoats
Two people from Clayton County, and one from College Park, are among 49 people indicted in a joint federal and state investigation that took hundreds of firearms off the streets, said officials.
Rodney Demetrius Marion, 29, of Forest Park, was indicted on nine counts each of trafficking and selling cocaine, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, said federal officials Wednesday.
Treivaughn Akeem Purdue, 22, of Jonesboro, was indicted on eight counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Sigmund Jackson, 31, of College Park was indicted on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The remainder of those indicted are from Atlanta.
Undercover federal agents set up a storefront operation called "ATL Blaze" on Campbellton Road, in southwest Atlanta. The store operated for seven months as a smoke shop selling clothes, tobacco and tobacco-related products, said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.
"Undercover agents, posing as store managers and employees, put out the word on the street that they were interested in buying firearms and drugs," said Yates. "Weapons traffickers, drug traffickers, and convicted felons, began approaching the undercover agents about buying guns, drugs and stolen property."
Yates said the sting yielded 257 handguns, 60 rifles, 46 shotguns and 10 sawed-off shotguns. Of those indicted, agents said 10 sold contraband while they were either out on bond in other cases, or on probation or parole.