RIVERDALE — The Lil Citi T-Shirt shop in Riverdale led to big trouble for three men indicted on federal charges for allegedly selling illegal weapons and drugs there.
Kyle “K-Rock” Sims, 33, of Fayetteville; Herman Antonio “Tip” Fields, 38, of Riverdale and Peter “Petey” Armour, 24, of Riverdale have been named in a federal indictment stemming from a raid on the store at Tri County Station Shopping Center, 7490 Old National Highway at Jonesboro Road.
According to the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, the indictment, and information presented in court, Sims and Fields allegedly worked together to sell a variety of guns and drugs out of the Riverdale T-shirt shop. Since this spring, ATF undercover agents allege they bought marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and Xanax from the pair.
In addition, Sims allegedly “offered his customers a wide range of firearms for cash, with no questions asked, no ID check, and without the paperwork required for a legal gun purchase. Through the same undercover operations, the ATF allegedly purchased 9mm pistols and a machinegun at the storefront.”
Sims and Armour were charged with possessing a machine gun, specifically a 7.62 x 39mm-caliber Norinco MAK-90 Sporter with the shoulder stock removed. The weapon is a Chinese version of the fully-automatic Soviet AK-47 with a shoulder stock designed to skirt the 1989 ban on semiautomatic rifles with no “legitimate sporting use.” Allegedly, Armour and Sims sold the modified machine gun and a high-capacity magazine on May 16 for $1,250.
Federal penalties for a second violent or drug-trafficking offense involving a machine gun include life without parole.
Sims and Fields, who both have previous felony drug convictions, were also charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and Xanax.
Sims, a registered sex offender on probation, was arrested May 31 and also faces two counts of felon in possession of a firearm related to two 9mm pistols he allegedly sold in April and May. Sims has two prior felony convictions on the same charge. On Aug. 6, a federal magistrate judge entered a detention order for Sims pending further proceedings in the T-shirt shop case.
“Illegal possession and sales of firearms goes hand in hand with drug trafficking and violence,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “In this case, law enforcement quickly put an end to the defendants’ illicit business.”
ATF Special Agent in Charge Arthur Peralta added, “The defendants in this case showed no regard for the safety of the Riverdale community. The illegal sale of firearms endangers everyone and we will continue to identify, investigate and arrest those individuals who choose to go down this path.”
South Fulton Police Chief Keith Meadows said, “The City of South Fulton is pleased to get these violent criminals off our city streets. We would like thank the ATF and US Attorney’s Office for their partnership in helping us to achieve our ultimate goal of crime reduction.”
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the South Fulton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alana R. Black is prosecuting the case.
A press release indicated Fields remains a fugitive as of press time. Individuals with information about the whereabouts of Fields should call the ATF or the U.S. Marshal Service with information. Tips may be submitted anonymously to the U.S. Marshal Service via mobile phone through the USMS Tips app or through www.p3tips.com/USMS.aspx.